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California’s New Law Makes Police Misconduct and Use of Force Records Public

By William E. Weiss |

It’s no secret that some police officers are inherently suspicious of bikers, especially if they are patch-wearing club members.  Many officers are ready to harass, profile, or illegally search bikers at the drop of a hat.  I have always advised clients that they should consider complaining about such incidents to police department internal affairs,… Read More »

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Raft of New Laws Impacting California Roads Take Effect

By William E. Weiss |

The California legislature introduced a number of new laws in 2018 that, as of January 1, 2019, have entered into effect. Read on to learn about several of these laws and contact an experienced San Francisco personal injury attorney if you’ve been injured on the road in an auto accident or motorcycle crash in… Read More »

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California Gun Laws Set to Change in 2019

By William E. Weiss |

The State of California already has some of the nation’s most restrictive laws on guns. The latest legislative term has resulted in even more restrictions on Californians’ rights to possess weapons and certain forms of ammunition, which are slated to enter into effect in the new year. Learn about the new California gun laws… Read More »

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Mongols MC Face Threat of Losing Use of Club Patch in Racketeering Case

By William E. Weiss |

The decades-old Mongols Motorcycle Club is currently on trial in a racketeering case targeting the Mongol Nation for crimes allegedly committed on the organization’s behalf. In an effort to cripple the club and render its members invisible, federal prosecutors heading up the case have now sought legal control over the trademarked Mongols name. Learn… Read More »

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Bikers, Noticing Uptick in Traffic Stops, Raise Issue with Sheriff

By William E. Weiss |

Rather than permit harassing conduct toward their community to continue unchecked, a coalition of motorcyclists in New Mexico has chosen instead to address the issue head-on by requesting a meeting with county sheriffs. Read on to learn more about the ways that motorcycle groups are standing up to the increase in police profiling, and… Read More »

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CALIFORNIA AND SOUTH ALAMEDA COUNTY KNIFE LAW

By William E. Weiss |

Remember that carrying any weapon, even one that’s legal, can cause you a lot of grief with law enforcement.  Cops routinely write tickets and make arrests for things they incorrectly think are illegal, or full well know not to be illegal. Beating a rap in court is great, but better is never being there… Read More »

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CALIFORNIA AND OAKLAND KNIFE LAW

By William E. Weiss |

Remember that carrying any weapon, even one that’s legal, can cause you a lot of grief with law enforcement.  Cops routinely write tickets and make arrests for things they incorrectly think are illegal, or full well know not to be illegal. Beating a rap in court is great, but better is never being there… Read More »

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San Francisco’s Restrictions on Carrying Knives

By William E. Weiss |

In our last post, we discussed California’s laws on carrying knives, including a look at laws specific to the City and County of Los Angeles. The City of San Francisco takes these laws even further. Under SF Police Code Article 17, § 1291(a), the city designates all of the following as “dangerous weapons”: Any… Read More »

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What Are California’s Laws on Knives?

By William E. Weiss |

Many riders carry a weapon, such as a knife or firearm, for personal safety reasons. Unfortunately, California riders must always keep in mind the risk that they will become the target of harassment and unjust profiling by law enforcement officers. This means that even law-abiding riders carrying a weapon should know and understand the… Read More »

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Members of Sonora Police Department Caught Taking Photos of Bike License Plates for “Research”

By William E. Weiss |

A recent incident in Tuolumne County provides a perfect illustration of the type of discriminatory behavior that bikers face at the hands of law enforcement on a regular basis. The incident is all the more frustrating considering that it comes in the wake of the state legislature shelving a bill that would have made… Read More »

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