Article 2. California-nevada Compact For Jurisdiction On Interstate Waters of California Penal Code >> Title 3. >> Part 2. >> Chapter 5b. >> Article 2.
(a) Pursuant to the authority vested in this state by
Section 112 of Title 4 of the United States Code, the Legislature of
the State of California hereby ratifies the California-Nevada Compact
for Jurisdiction on Interstate Waters as set forth in Section 853.4.
(b) The Legislature finds that law enforcement has been impaired
in sections of Lake Tahoe and Topaz Lake forming an interstate
boundary between California and Nevada because of difficulty in
determining precisely where a criminal act was committed.
(c) The Legislature intends that a person arrested for an act that
is illegal in both states should not be freed merely because neither
state could establish that a crime was committed within its
(d) The California-Nevada Compact for Jurisdiction on Interstate
Waters is enacted to provide for the enforcement of the laws of this
state with regard to certain acts committed on Lake Tahoe or Topaz
Lake, on either side of the boundary line between California and
(a) As used in this compact, unless the context otherwise
requires, "party state" means a state that has enacted this compact.
(b) If conduct is prohibited by the party states, courts and law
enforcement officers in either state who have jurisdiction over
criminal offenses committed in a county where Lake Tahoe or Topaz
Lake forms a common interstate boundary have concurrent jurisdiction
to arrest, prosecute, and try offenders for the prohibited conduct
committed anywhere on the body of water forming a boundary between
the two states.
(c) This section applies only to those crimes that are established
in common between the States of Nevada and California, and an
acquittal or conviction and sentence by one state shall bar a
prosecution for the same act or omission by the other.
(d) This compact does not authorize any conduct prohibited by a
(e) This compact shall become operative when ratified by law by
the party states and shall remain in full force and effect so long as
the provisions of this compact, as ratified by the State of Nevada,
remain substantively the same as the provisions of this compact, as
ratified by this section. This compact may be amended in the same
manner as is required for it to become operative.