On October 11, 2017 Governor Brown signed two new laws taking on gun and drug sentencing enhancements in California. Sentencing enhancements are years added automatically to the sentences of people with criminal histories who are convicted of a new crime. Senate Bill 180 eliminates extra jail time for people convicted of minor drug crimes; Senate Bill
Criminal Justice News
Here are some recent stories in the news related to criminal justice that were somewhat dispiriting. Warrantless Searches In June, the Supreme Court issued an opinion in the case of Utah v. Strieff which further whittles down our Fourth Amendment right to be free from warrantless searches. In a five justice majority opinion by Judge
Can I Be Arrested If I Have A Medical Marijuana Card?
A doctor’s recommendation allowing you to lawfully possess and grow marijuana in California will not always protect you from being arrested and criminally charged for a marijuana related crime. Two laws define the parameters of legal possession and cultivation of medically indicated marijuana in California: the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (“CUA”) and the 2003