A new initiative may end early release for people sentenced for domestic violence. The initiative, supported by the California Public Safety Partnership, proposes eliminating early release for 15 crimes.
If enacted, the measure would reverse some benefits of Proposition 47 for certain convictions. Crimes including assault with a deadly weapon, child abuse, domestic violence, rape of an unconscious person and trafficking a child for sex are among those targeted. In addition, the measure would expand DNA collection and change the way the law treats some repeat misdemeanors.
Petty theft is a misdemeanor when the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950. Proponents of the measure say that some criminals keep their thefts under $950 in order to avoid felony convictions. This measure would make serial petty theft a felony.
Under this proposal, the law would require DNA collection for certain Proposition 47 misdemeanor offenses, including drug crimes. Supporters argue that DNA collection is needed in order to solve cold cases. They argue that the reduction in status of some crimes to misdemeanors could decrease the resolution rate of cold cases.
Another change involves parole revocation. The initiative would require courts to hold a parole revocation hearing for parolees who violate the terms of their parole three times. The murder of a Whittier police officer killed by a parolee with multiple parole violations inspired this potential change.
Petition supporters have until the end of April to collect about 370,000 valid signatures from registered voters. If successful, this measure will be on the ballot in November 2018.
Los Angeles domestic violence attorney
When you face charges for domestic violence, hire an experienced domestic violence attorney like Robert Helfend. The consequences for a domestic assault conviction are already onerous. This measure may further extend jail or prison terms for persons with a domestic assault conviction.
Don’t work with an inexperienced domestic assault defense attorney, and don’t attempt to defend yourself against these serious charges. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County domestic violence/sex crimes case.
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