Generally, a person is not required to report a crime if they witness one occurring, nor are they required to intervene to try and stop it. There is no law forcing any one to be a Good Samaritan because it could be very dangerous to get involved. However, there are some exceptions to this.
Certain professions require the person to report suspected child abuse, such as being in childcare, healthcare, or education. If professionals fail to make these mandatory reporting requirements, then they too can be charged with a misdemeanor. Veterinarians in certain states may also be required to report suspected animal abuse.
California is among those states that do not require a person to report a crime if they see it happening. However, they can later be approached by police who would like to question them as a witness.
Then there is other side of crime, the side of being involved. If you, or a loved one, are ever arrested for a crime and allowed to post bail, please contact Riverside Bail Bonds for professional and affordable bail bond services. Riverside Bail Bonds is one of California’s most reliable and used bail bond companies.