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Penal Code Sections

Finding the Descriptions of Crimes for Different Penal Code Sections

Police records usually refer to state penal code sections in describing crimes police are investigating.

For example, section 187 of the California Penal Code is for homicides.

How can you find out which crimes the various sections of the state penal code refer to?

The Berkeley Police Department has a list of commonly used penal code sections and which crimes they refer to. That's at:

Berkeley Police Department Crime Classifications and Codes

For other penal code listings, you can search by a penal code section number at the California Legislature's California Law Code Search site to find out what crime it relates to:

California Law Code Search website

At the site in the Select Code drop-down menu in the upper right select PEN for Penal Code. In the Section: search box just to the right type in the number for the penal code section you're interested in (such as 187).

At the search results page, the first listing should give you the penal code section you're seeking (the subsequent listings are for other sections of the penal code that make reference to the penal code section you searched for).