In California, many new laws passed for 2017 that can affect many aspects of a person’s life, such as their job, commute, bills, punishments for crimes, and so much more. In fact, cellphone use while driving to gun control to human trafficking. We will focus on some of the best that could affect you and your lifestyle.
Cellphone Use While Driving: If you live in California, you will no longer be able to use a handheld wireless phone or wireless electronic device while driving unless it is mounted. This, of course, expands on laws that were already in place focusing on texting while driving.
Assault Weapons: Californians who own gun magazines with more than 10 rounds must start turning them in to stay within legal specifications. If a Californian wants to buy ammunition, they will have to undergo a background check.
Clarification on Sexual Assault: SB 2888 has clarified that a victim is unable to consent to sex while incapacitated by drugs, alcohol, or medication. This will now become a crime that is ineligible for probation.
Human Trafficking: Under SB 1322, people under 18 years old cannot be charged with prostitution. They will be treated as victims and their names will be protected as well as being given access to county services.
Date Rape Drugs: County prosecutors will be able to pursue felony charges against those who are caught with common date rape drugs and have an intent to perform sexual assault.
Sexual Offenders: If you have been involved in an internet-related crime, you must report your email address, usernames, and other identifiers to police.
Bullying: A public school is now able to expel a student if they bully through video or sexting.