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Can an SB 1437 Lawyer in Vista CA Help You?

California SB 1437 dramatically changes the ways in which a person can be sentenced via the felony murder rule. Those who have been sentenced according to this rule often wonder: Do I have options? The answer depends on the specifics of your case. Yes, some convictions can allow for resentencing but only those that qualify. The best way to find out for sure which answer applies to your case is to contact an SB 1437 lawyer in Vista CA by calling Chambers Law Firm at 714-760-4088 for a free legal consultation.

The New Criteria for Felony Murder Conviction Are Retroactive

Advocates for fairer sentencing were successful in getting the requirements for felony murder sentencing changed. They were even more successful in one important one: The law is now retroactive. This means that even a person convicted and sentenced a decade ago can benefit from these changes. Today at least one of the following must be proven true for the felony murder rule to be applicable.

  1. They actually killed a person.
  2. They acted with intent to kill. For example, they helped or encouraged the killer.
  3. They were a major participant in the crime and acted with reckless indifference to human life.
  4. The murder victim was an on-duty police officer and the defendant knew (or reasonably should have known) that they were a police officer.

Likewise, if a person was already sentenced in relation to the felony murder law, and their crime does not fall into one of those categories, they may be eligible for resentencing.

How Many People Will Be Affected by SB 1437?

The law is relatively recent, which means that the full amplitude of its effects are not yet clear. Experts and many SB 1437 lawyers in Vista CA say that at least hundreds but potentially thousands of people could have their sentences reduced. Many could be released from prison altogether. Those who advocate for fairer sentences and a reduction in state and federal costs of incarceration note that it costs an average of $80,000 per year to house one inmate. This law could reduce the state’s burden and help unfairly sentenced individuals contribute to society again.

An SB 1437 Lawyer in Vista CA Can Help You Determine Your Options

Whether it was you or a loved one, a conviction involving the felony murder rule is worth having an attorney consider. When you contact Chambers Law Firm at 714-760-4088 for a free legal consultation, you can speak to an SB 1437 lawyer in Vista CA who can help you better understand your options. Call us now and we can get started right away.

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