Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Some noteworthy New Laws in California for 2011

  • Non–Vehicle Code infractions can now be dismissed under PC 1203.4a.  This is the remedy commonly known as expungement.
  • The threshold for felony grand theft increased from $400 to $950.
  • “Petty theft with a prior” is now, unless the defendant has a strike or sex offense prior, “petty theft with three priors.”  
  • Marijuana possession, less than an ounce, is now an infraction.
  • Limited immunity from prosecution for certain low-grade alcohol-related offenses granted to persons under the age of 21 who are reporting that they or someone else are in need of medical assistance.

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