Is panhandling legal?

Yes, panhandling is legal as long as it is performed in a location where the subject has a legal right to be located. Panhandling on or within 500 feet of a freeway access ramp is not legal (22520.5 California Vehicle Code (CVC)). Panhandling while in the roadway is a serious safety issue. Anyone who is located on a center median or any other part of the right of way of a roadway while soliciting and their actions create a traffic hazard are subject to citation (21954 CVC). If you witness anyone panhandling on or near a freeway access ramp or within the right of way of a roadway please notify the Murrieta Police Department at 951-696-3615.

While panhandling in certain areas may be legal, alternatives to giving the subject money could be more effective. Donating to a local shelter, food bank or non-profit can help ensure aid is being distributed appropriately. Another strategy could be to purchase basic necessities, such as; food, water or clothing and giving it to the subject who is panhandling, in lieu of money.

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1. What is the homelessness situation like in the City of Murrieta?
2. Are there any resources for the homeless in southwest Riverside County?
3. What should I do if I observe a homeless camp?
4. Is panhandling legal?
5. Is it illegal for the homeless to have shopping carts?
6. Can the homeless spend all day in the city parks?
7. Is drinking alcohol or using marijuana in public illegal?
8. Is it illegal for someone to remove recyclables from trash bins placed at the curb?