California Penal Code Title 14 - Malicious Mischief

  • Section 594.
    (a) Every person who maliciously commits any of the following acts with respect to any real or personal property not his or her own, in...
  • Section 594.05.
    (a) For purposes of Section 594, damages includes damage caused to public transit property and facilities, public parks property and facilities, and public utilities and...
  • Section 594.1.
    (a) (1) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation, except a parent or legal guardian, to sell or give or in any...
  • Section 594.2.
    (a) Every person who possesses a masonry or glass drill bit, a carbide drill bit, a glass cutter, a grinding stone, an awl, a chisel,...
  • Section 594.3.
    (a) Any person who knowingly commits any act of vandalism to a church, synagogue, mosque, temple, building owned and occupied by a religious educational institution,...
  • Section 594.35.
    Every person is guilty of a crime and punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170 or by imprisonment in a county jail...
  • Section 594.37.
    (a) It is unlawful, except upon private property, for a person to engage in picketing targeted at a funeral during the time period beginning one...
  • Section 594.4.
    (a) Any person who willfully and maliciously injects into or throws upon, or otherwise defaces, damages, destroys, or contaminates, any structure with butyric acid, or...
  • Section 594.5.
    Nothing in this code shall invalidate an ordinance of, nor be construed to prohibit the adoption of an ordinance by, a city, city and county,...
  • Section 594.6.
    (a) Every person who, having been convicted of vandalism or affixing graffiti or other inscribed material under Section 594, 594.3, 594.4, or 640.7, or any...
  • Section 594.7.
    Notwithstanding subdivision (b) of Section 594, every person who, having been convicted previously of vandalism under Section 594 for maliciously defacing with graffiti or other...
  • Section 594.8.
    (a) Any person convicted of possession of a destructive implement with intent to commit graffiti or willfully affixing graffiti under Section 594.2, 640.5, 640.6, or...
  • Section 595.
    The specification of the Acts enumerated in the following sections of this Chapter is not intended to restrict or qualify the interpretation of the preceding...
  • Section 596.
    Every person who, without the consent of the owner, wilfully administers poison to any animal, the property of another, or exposes any poisonous substance, with...
  • Section 596.5.
    It shall be a misdemeanor for any owner or manager of an elephant to engage in abusive behavior towards the elephant, which behavior shall include...
  • Section 596.7.
    (a) (1) For purposes of this section, rodeo means a performance featuring competition between persons that includes three or more of the following events: bareback...
  • Section 597.
    (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c) of this section or Section 599c, every person who maliciously and intentionally maims, mutilates, tortures, or wounds a...
  • Section 597.1.
    (a) (1) Every owner, driver, or keeper of any animal who permits the animal to be in any building, enclosure, lane, street, square, or lot...
  • Section 597.2.
    (a) It shall be the duty of an officer of a pound, humane society, or animal regulation department of a public agency to assist in...
  • Section 597.3.
    (a) Every person who operates a live animal market shall do all of the following:(1) Provide that no animal will be dismembered, flayed, cut open,...
  • Section 597.4.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully do either of the following:(1) Sell or give away as part of a commercial transaction...
  • Section 597.5.
    (a) Any person who does any of the following is guilty of a felony and is punishable by imprisonment pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section...
  • Section 597.6.
    (a) (1) No person may perform, or otherwise procure or arrange for the performance of, surgical claw removal, declawing, onychectomy, or tendonectomy on any cat...
  • Section 597.7.
    (a) No person shall leave or confine an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal...
  • Section 597.9.
    (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c) or (d), any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor violation of subdivision (a) or (b) of...
  • Section 597a.
    Whoever carries or causes to be carried in or upon any vehicle or otherwise any domestic animal in a cruel or inhuman manner, or knowingly...
  • Section 597b.
    (a) Except as provided in subdivisions (b) and (c), any person who, for amusement or gain, causes any bull, bear, or other animal, not including...
  • Section 597c.
    Any person who is knowingly present as a spectator at any place, building, or tenement for an exhibition of animal fighting, or who is knowingly...
  • Section 597d.
    Any sheriff, police, or peace officer, or officer qualified as provided in Section 14502 of the Corporations Code, may enter any place, building, or tenement,...
  • Section 597e.
    Any person who impounds, or causes to be impounded in any pound, any domestic animal, shall supply it during such confinement with a sufficient quantity...
  • Section 597f.
    (a) Every owner, driver, or possessor of any animal, who permits the animal to be in any building, enclosure, lane, street, square, or lot, of...
  • Section 597g.
    (a) Poling a horse is a method of training horses to jump which consists of (1) forcing, persuading, or enticing a horse to jump in...
  • Section 597h.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to tie or attach or fasten any live animal to any machine or device propelled by any...
  • Section 597i.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for anyone to manufacture, buy, sell, barter, exchange, or have in his or her possession any of the implements commonly...
  • Section 597j.
    (a) Any person who owns, possesses, keeps, or trains any bird or other animal with the intent that it be used or engaged by himself...
  • Section 597k.
    Anyone who, having care, custody or control of any horse or other animal, uses what is known as the bristle bur, tack bur, or other...
  • Section 597l.
    (a) It shall be unlawful for any person who operates a pet shop to fail to do all of the following:(1) Maintain the facilities used...
  • Section 597m.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to promote, advertise, stage, hold, manage, conduct, participate in, engage in, or carry on any bullfight exhibition, any...
  • Section 597n.
    (a) Any person who cuts the solid part of the tail of any horse or cattle in the operation known as docking, or in any...
  • Section 597o.
    (a) Any person who transports an equine in a vehicle to slaughter shall meet the following requirements:(1) The vehicle shall have sufficient clearance to allow...
  • Section 597p.
    Within 30 days after the passage of this act, every owner, or user of any docked horse, within the State of California, shall register his...
  • Section 597q.
    The driving, working, keeping, racing or using of any unregistered docked horse, or horses, after 60 days after the passage of this act, shall be...
  • Section 597r.
    Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this act, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor; provided, however, that the provisions of...
  • Section 597s.
    (a) Every person who willfully abandons any animal is guilty of a misdemeanor.(b) This section shall not apply to the release or rehabilitation and release...
  • Section 597t.
    Every person who keeps an animal confined in an enclosed area shall provide it with an adequate exercise area. If the animal is restricted by...
  • Section 597u.
    (a) No person, peace officer, officer of a humane society, or officer of a pound or animal regulation department of a public agency shall kill...
  • Section 597v.
    No person, peace officer, officer of a humane society, or officer of a pound or animal regulation department of a public agency shall kill any...
  • Section 597x.
    (a) Notwithstanding Section 18734 of the Food and Agricultural Code or any other provision of law, it is unlawful for any person to sell, attempt...
  • Section 597y.
    A violation of Section 597u or 597v is a misdemeanor.(Amended by Stats. 2011, Ch. 296, Sec. 206. Effective January 1, 2012.)
  • Section 597z.
    (a) (1) Except as otherwise authorized under any other provision of law, it shall be a crime, punishable as specified in subdivision (b), for any...
  • Section 598.
    Every person who, within any public cemetery or burying ground, kills, wounds, or traps any bird, or destroys any bird s nest other than swallows...
  • Section 598.1.
    (a) The prosecuting agency in a criminal proceeding in which the defendant has been charged with the commission of any of the crimes listed in...
  • Section 598a.
    (a) Every person is guilty of a misdemeanor who kills any dog or cat with the sole intent of selling or giving away the pelt...
  • Section 598b.
    (a) Every person is guilty of a misdemeanor who possesses, imports into, or exports from, this state, sells, buys, gives away, or accepts any carcass...
  • Section 598c.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, it is unlawful for any person to possess, to import into or export from the state, or to...
  • Section 598d.
    (a) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, horsemeat may not be offered for sale for human consumption. No restaurant, cafe, or other public eating place...
  • Section 599.
    Every person is guilty of a misdemeanor who:(a) Sells or gives away, any live chicks, rabbits, ducklings, or other fowl as a prize for, or...
  • Section 599a.
    When complaint is made, on oath, to any magistrate authorized to issue warrants in criminal cases, that the complainant believes that any provision of law...
  • Section 599aa.
    (a) Any authorized officer making an arrest under Section 597.5 shall, and any authorized officer making an arrest under Section 597b, 597c, 597j, or 599a...
  • Section 599b.
    In this title, the word animal includes every dumb creature; the words torment, torture, and cruelty include every act, omission, or neglect whereby unnecessary or...
  • Section 599c.
    No part of this title shall be construed as interfering with any of the laws of this state known as the game laws, or any...
  • Section 599d.
    (a) It is the policy of the state that no adoptable animal should be euthanized if it can be adopted into a suitable home. Adoptable...
  • Section 599e.
    Every animal which is unfit, by reason of its physical condition, for the purpose for which such animals are usually employed, and when there is...
  • Section 599f.
    (a) No slaughterhouse, stockyard, auction, market agency, or dealer shall buy, sell, or receive a nonambulatory animal.(b) No slaughterhouse shall process, butcher, or sell meat...
  • Section 600.
    (a) Any person who willfully and maliciously and with no legal justification strikes, beats, kicks, cuts, stabs, shoots with a firearm, administers any poison or...
  • Section 600.2.
    (a) It is a crime for any person to permit any dog which is owned, harbored, or controlled by him or her to cause injury...
  • Section 600.5.
    (a) Any person who intentionally causes injury to or the death of any guide, signal, or service dog, as defined by Section 54.1 of the...
  • Section 601.
    (a) Any person is guilty of trespass who makes a credible threat to cause serious bodily injury, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section 417.6,...
  • Section 602.
    Except as provided in subdivisions (u), (v), and (x), and Section 602.8, every person who willfully commits a trespass by any of the following acts...
  • Section 602.1.
    (a) Any person who intentionally interferes with any lawful business or occupation carried on by the owner or agent of a business establishment open to...
  • Section 602.2.
    Any ordinance or resolution adopted by a county which requires written permission to enter vacant or unimproved private land from either the owner, the owner...
  • Section 602.3.
    (a) A lodger who is subject to Section 1946.5 of the Civil Code and who remains on the premises of an owner-occupied dwelling unit after...
  • Section 602.4.
    (a) A person who enters or remains on airport property owned by a city, county, or city and county, but located in another county, and...
  • Section 602.5.
    (a) Every person other than a public officer or employee acting within the course and scope of his or her employment in performance of a...
  • Section 602.6.
    Every person who enters or remains in, or upon, any state, county, district, or citrus fruit fair buildings or grounds, when the buildings or grounds...
  • Section 602.7.
    Every person who enters or remains on any property, facility, or vehicle owned by the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District or the Southern...
  • Section 602.8.
    (a) Any person who without the written permission of the landowner, the owner s agent, or the person in lawful possession of the land, willfully...
  • Section 602.9.
    (a) Except as provided in subdivision (c), any person who, without the owner s or owner s agent s consent, claims ownership or claims or...
  • Section 602.10. A.
    Every person who, by physical force and with the intent to prevent attendance or instruction, willfully obstructs or attempts to obstruct any student or teacher...
  • Section 602.11.
    (a) Any person, alone or in concert with others, who intentionally prevents an individual from entering or exiting a health care facility, place of worship,...
  • Section 602.12.
    (a) Any person who enters the residential real property of an academic researcher for the purpose of chilling, preventing the exercise of, or interfering with...
  • Section 602.13.
    (a) Every person who enters into an animal enclosure at a zoo, circus, or traveling animal exhibit, if the zoo, circus, or exhibit is licensed...
  • Section 603.
    Every person other than a peace officer engaged in the performance of his duties as such who forcibly and without the consent of the owner,...
  • Section 604.
    Every person who maliciously injures or destroys any standing crops, grain, cultivated fruits or vegetables, the property of another, in any case for which a...
  • Section 605.
    Every person who either:1. Maliciously removes any monument erected for the purpose of designating any point in the boundary of any lot or tract of...
  • Section 607.
    Every person who willfully and maliciously cuts, breaks, injures, or destroys, or who, without the authority of the owner or managing agent, operates any gate...
  • Section 610.
    Every person who unlawfully masks, alters, or removes any light or signal, or willfully exhibits any light or signal, with intent to bring any vessel...
  • Section 615.
    Every person who willfully injures, defaces, or removes any signal, monument, building, or appurtenance thereto, placed, erected, or used by persons engaged in the United...
  • Section 616.
    Every person who intentionally defaces, obliterates, tears down, or destroys any copy or transcript, or extract from or of any law of the United States...
  • Section 617.
    Every person who maliciously mutilates, tears, defaces, obliterates, or destroys any written instrument, the property of another, the false making of which would be forgery,...
  • Section 618.
    Every person who willfully opens or reads, or causes to be read, any sealed letter not addressed to himself, without being authorized so to do,...
  • Section 620.
    Every person who willfully alters the purport, effect, or meaning of a telegraphic or telephonic message to the injury of another, is punishable by imprisonment...
  • Section 621.
    Every person who maliciously destroys, cuts, breaks, mutilates, effaces, or otherwise injures, tears down, or removes any law enforcement memorial or firefighter s memorial is...
  • Section 622.
    Every person, not the owner thereof, who willfully injures, disfigures, or destroys any monument, work of art, or useful or ornamental improvement within the limits...
  • Section 622. A.
    Every person, not the owner thereof, who wilfully injures, disfigures, defaces, or destroys any object or thing of archeological or historical interest or value, whether...
  • Section 623.
    (a) Except as otherwise provided in Section 599c, any person who, without the prior written permission of the owner of a cave, intentionally and knowingly...
  • Section 624.
    Every person who wilfully breaks, digs up, obstructs, or injures any pipe or main for conducting water, or any works erected for supplying buildings with...
  • Section 625.
    Every person who, with intent to defraud or injure, opens or causes to be opened, or draws water from any stopcock or faucet by which...
  • Section 625b.
    (a) Every person who willfully injures or tampers with any aircraft or the contents or parts thereof, or removes any part of or from an...
  • Section 625c.
    Any person who, with the intent to cause great bodily injury to another person, willfully removes, tampers with, injures or destroys any passenger transit vehicle...

Last modified: September 9, 2016