Category: Domestic Violence

Proposition 57 Update

My friend Douglas Fienberg from the Fresno County Public Defender’s Office has been carefully tracking the proposed rules for Proposition 57.  You can see the proposed rules here: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/proposition57/docs/Prop-57-Public-Comment-Regs.pdf. Here is the latest from Mr. Fienberg: There are at least four problems with the proposed regulations. First, the proposed regulations exclude people subject to indeterminate [..]

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California Proposition 57: What You Need to Know

On November 8, 2016, California voters approved Proposition 57, also known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative. Here’s a brief look at what Proposition 57 means to California and its citizens. New parole opportunities for those convicted of non-violent felonies. Proposition 57 changes the time calculation for parole [..]

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Do Veterans Get Special Treatment in Criminal Courts?

Yes.  Military veterans do get special treatment in the criminal courts. The California Legislature has enacted several sentencing schemes to give special or preferential treatment to veterans in criminal cases who are suffering from specified conditions.  All misdemeanor charges can be diverted from sentencing and conviction completely under specific circumstances.  For a description of how [..]

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Are Veterans Eligible for Diversion?

In 1972, the California Legislature enacted diversion for people accused of low level drug offenses.  This law could be used by anyone who met the criteria for diversion.  See Blog Post: Am I Eligible for Criminal Diversion? In 2014, California passed a new law regarding the diversion of military veterans who meet specific criteria.  (Penal [..]

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Employment Consequences of a Penal Code section 1203.4 Dismissal

You were convicted of a felony, have completed probation successfully, and went back to court for a dismissal.  The court agreed to reduce your conviction to a misdemeanor and dismissed the charges under California Penal Code section 1203.4.  Now what? Can you answer “no” to the question of whether you have ever been convicted of [..]

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