Criminal Law

Crim. Law Journal Winter 2020, Vol. 20, Issue 1

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.

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