Crim. Law Journal Winter 2020, Vol. 20, Issue 1
- American Slave Branding: Insidious Identification and Depraved Punishment
- Domestic Violence Laws and the Ina: How Domestic Violence Perpetrators Attain Immigration Benefits
- Incarcerated Veterans In Need of Representation When Filing Petitions For Resentencing
- Message from the Chair
- Post-conviction Relief For Foreign Nationals Convicted In California
- New Criminal Laws In 2020
NEW CRIMINAL LAWS IN 2020
By Leif Dautch* and Albert Camacho**
The State Legislature made a number of changes last term that impact criminal law practice in California. Most of those laws went into effect on January 1, 2020. Here are five of the most important changes.
Elimination of One-Year Prison Priors
- Senate Bill 136 (Modifies Penal Code § 667.5)
- Eliminates the one-year enhancement for prior prison terms for all prior convictions other than sexually violent offenses.
- Applies prospectively to future cases and to cases still pending on appeal.