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New Law On Gun Enhancements

November 16, 2017
On October 11, 2017, Governor Brown signed SB 620 into law. SB 620 deletes the prohibition on striking an allegation or finding of firearm use and, instead, allows the judge, in the interest of justice and at the time of sentencing or resentencing, to strike or dismiss a firearm enhancement otherwise required to be imposed…
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New Law Reduces Drug Sentences

November 13, 2017
On October 11, 2017, Governor Brown signed SB 180 into law. SB 180 amends Health and Safety Code section 11370.2 and reduces potential sentences for many defendants who are facing certain drug offenses. Prior to the passage of SB 180, section 11370.2 imposed on a person convicted of a violation of, or of conspiracy to…
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“Hot” Burglaries–What Are They and Why Does It Matter?

June 4, 2017
Penal Code sections 459 and 460(a) define what constitutes a first degree burglary under California law. The most common type of first degree burglary is a burglary that takes place inside an inhabited dwelling, like a house or apartment. A first degree burglary is a serious crime--pursuant to Penal Code section 1192.7(c)(18) it is a…
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The Right to Confront Witnesses–What Does It Actually Mean?

June 2, 2017
The Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides that “the accused shall enjoy the right … to be confronted with the witnesses against him.” This confrontation clause, which is applicable to California via the Fourteenth Amendment, covers the rights of witness competence, testimony under oath, the opportunity to see the witness and observe the…
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