New Marijuana law which will become effective January 1, 2013 will allow officers in specified areas to stop and detain motorists simply for having irrigation equipment visible in their vehicle!
A new state law, in effect as of January 1, 2012, bans open carry of handguns in California. This law expands upon one that was signed into law in 1968 by then-Governor Ronald Reagan, which prohibited the open carry of loaded handguns, extending that prohibition to handguns that are not loaded. California is the fifth [...]
Harsher DUI Penalties in 2012 DUI penalties just got tougher in California, making the necessity of retaining a skilled DUI attorney like Ann Gottesman even greater. There’s a lot more at risk. A new law that became effective on January 1, 2012, modifies the potential penalties for repeat DUI offenders. The law, authored by Assemblyman [...]
The Penal Code of California contains all the criminal statutes in the state. On more than one occasion it has been substantially amended and revised. Recently, in September of 2010, the code underwent another revision; a change that was designed to relieve the ever-increasing jail and prison populations and give those charged with minor theft [...]
California, like most states in the country, has a number of laws prohibiting the carrying of and use of firearms. It has been argued on more than one occasion that these laws are a violation of the 14th Amendment, but most of them have been put in place in the interests of public safety. With [...]
Proposition 36 is a sentencing initiative that was passed in November of 2000 which requires certain non-violent drug offenders to be sentenced to drug rehabilitation and probation instead of jail or prison. It is also a type of “drug diversion” which means that successful completion of the program allows the defendant to have their conviction [...]
NEW PAROLE REVOCATION AND VIOLATION RULES FOR PAROLEES: These new rules that were enacted for 2010 have made it more difficult for the Parole Board to send a parolee back to prison for a violation. Now, anyone on parole who commits a new criminal offense will NOT be subject to a parole violation, revocation or parole hold as long as they meet the requirements set forth in Senate Bill x18 sec. 48. In other words, minor offenses or non violent felony offenses committed while on parole will not automatically result in a parole violation or hearing. This bill is meant to reduce the number of people in prison and free up parole officers so they can focus on dangerous offenders. These much needed changes have brought common sense back to the parole Board!