Governor Gavin Newsom signed 25 bills on October 8, 2019, which address
criminal justice reform in California. These new laws end some mandatory
sentencing enhancements, make the
expungement process easier, and ban law enforcement officials from having body cameras
equipped with facial recognition technology.
The following are some of the notable measures signed the Gov. Newsom:
AB 1076 – This law requires the California Department of Justice to create
an automated record clearance system to automatically expunge criminal
records of individuals who have been convicted of low-level crimes. Registered
sex offenders or those with pending criminal cases are not eligible for
automatic expungement under this bill. The new law goes into effect on
January 1, 2021 and isn’t retroactive.
AB 484 – This law ends a mandatory 180-day minimum sentence before probation
for drug possession involving certain substances such as
cocaine, and crack cocaine.
SB 136 – This law eliminates the one-year sentence enhancement applied
to a person’s base sentence for each previous felony jail or prison
AB 1423 –
Juvenile offenders who were charged as adults can request their case return to
juvenile court if they allegedly committed a felony at the age of 16 or
older but the facts of the case turn out to be false. When it comes to
transfer hearings, the juvenile court automatically assumes a minor committed
an alleged offense prior to investigating the incident or interviewing
AB 1215 – This law prohibits police officers from using, installing, or
activating facial recognition software in body-worn cameras.
AB 1600 – This law shortens the notice requirement in criminal cases from
16 days to 10 days when a defendant files a motion to discover law enforcement
SB 310 – This law allows a person who has been convicted of a felony to
serve on a jury, unless he/she is a registered sex offender or under any
form of supervision for a felony conviction.
For more information about all the new laws in California, visit the official
website of the State of California. If you have been arrested for a crime in Riverside, contact Blumenthal Law Offices
today at (951) 682-5110 today.