California Penal Codes

Our Guide to the California Penal Code

The majority of guides you will find here will cover crimes outlined in Part 1 of the Penal Code. However, you will also find guides to the most relevant titles and sections in other parts as well. If you are unable to find the information you need about the crime of which you have been accused, or need to speak with an attorney, contact MBLK Law Firm today for a free consultation.

Criminal – General



Criminal Negligence

Disturbing the Peace

Illegal Search and Seizure



Domestic Violence

Child Endangerment

Corporal InjuryPC 273.5

Domestic Violence Charges

Drug Crimes

California Marijuana Laws

Drug Diversion Program

Medical Marijuana Dispensary Laws

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia

Possession or Sale of Marijuana


Cycling Under the Influence

DUI Defense

DUI Penalties

DUI Probation

Felony DUI

Hit and Run

Open Container Law

Public Drunkenness

Sobriety Checkpoints

Family Law

Child Custody

Child Support

Common Law Marriages

Divorce: Filing and Requirements

Prenuptial Agreements


Attempted Murder

Felony Murder

Murder – General

Vehicular Manslaughter

Voluntary vs. Involuntary Manslaughter

Sex Crimes


Indecent Exposure

Lewd Conduct with a Minor

Illegal Oral Copulation


Statutory Rape



Grand Theft

Grand Theft Auto

Petty Theft


Stolen Property Laws

White Collar Crimes

Check Fraud



Parts of the Penal Code

Hundreds of thousands of words comprise the California Penal Code. For many, the code is all but incomprehensible, written in such a way that only those with an advanced law degree can fully understand its meaning. That seems a bit unfair to residents of the state who may be charged with a crime and don’t really know what, exactly, they have been charged with.

Every criminal law on the books falls into a certain section within the Penal Code. The Code is broken down into several smaller segments: Six “Parts,” which each have “Titles” within them; these Titles are broken down into “Chapters,” and each Chapter is finally broken down into “Sections,” the smallest part of the Code.

The vast majority of the crimes in California are spelled out in Part 1 of the Penal Code. It covers everything from robbery to trespassing to murder to treason. Part 2 of the Penal Code covers the criminal procedure system. This includes how police officers must act and the process of court proceedings. Part 3 refers to the corrections system, a.k.a. prisons. It includes local and state jails, as well as the application of the death penalty.

Apprehending criminals and preventing crimes is covered in Part 4. This includes how investigations must be conducted, police officer training and different bills regarding crime prevention. Part 5 is the smallest part, and establishes the California Peace Officers’ Memorial Foundation. Finally, Part 6 establishes laws regulating guns and other deadly weapons, including licensing and defining different firearms.