Rioting in California
In the state of California, there are both federal and state laws prohibiting participation in riots. Those suspected of violating these laws face serious consequences, including jail time and fines. In some instances, those arrested and charged with rioting were simply caught up in a crowd, or thought they were joining a peaceful, lawful demonstration, when things turn violent. In such cases, it is hard not to act in self-protection, which could be misinterpreted by law enforcement officers as rioting.
Federal and State Laws
Individuals who are suspected of rioting in California could face either federal or state charges. Under federal law, rioting is defined as an individual committing or threatening to commit an act of violence who is in a group of three or more persons causing a public disturbance. California’s state law on rioting does not have requirements about the number of people involved. Under state law, anyone believed to commit an act leading to a riot, or who has the intent to start a riot or encourages a riot can be charged. Riot charges under either jurisdiction can result in serious consequences.
Types of Riots
Riots can occur for many reasons. Some of the most common types of riots in the U.S. include:
- Sports riots
- Student riots
- Religious riots
- Race riots
- Prison riots
Convictions for any riot, regardless of reason, can have serious consequences, including jail time and fines.
Riot charges are serious, and having a criminal record can affect both your personal and professional future. If you are facing such charges, contact the San Jose criminal defense lawyers at the Law Office of Daniel Jensen, P.C. Call us at (408) 493-0082 today to learn more.