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What are some common laws in the California penal code book?

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Common crimes in the California Penal Code include burglary (section 459), child abuse (section 11,164), domestic violence (Sections 243[e][1] and 273.5) and murder (Section 187), according to California Legislative Information, which publishes the code online. The California Penal Code consists of six parts that define crimes and codify punishments in the State of California. Part 1 of the Penal Code, covering sections 25 to 680, defines common criminal offenses and outlines their specific punishments.

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Part 2 (Sections 681 to 1620) and Part 4 (Sections 11,006 to 14,315) of the code cover law enforcement responsibilities and limitations, as shown on the California Legislative Information website. Part 3, including Sections 2,000 to 10,007, covers laws concerned with imprisonment and capital punishment, while Part 5 (Sections 15,001 to 15,003) deals specifically with a Sacramento memorial to law enforcement officers. Weapons violations are covered in Part 6 (Sections 16,000 to 34,370).

A full accounting of California State Law contains 29 other codes including Civil Code, Financial Code and Family Code, all published online by California Legislative Information as of 2015. Although the Penal Code covers crimes such as vehicular burglary and manslaughter, driving while under the influence and most other traffic and vehicle violations are dealt with in the Vehicle Code, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, which publishes the Vehicle Code on its website.

Most drug possession offenses are covered by the California Health and Safety Code but the manufacture of or intent to distribute controlled substances can be prosecuted under Penal Code Section 1170, explains FindLaw.

LexisNexis publishes a handbook containing the California State Penal Code and related information annually in print and e-book form, according to the Lexis-Nexis Store.

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