Did you know that only 30 states, including California and the District of Columbia, have passed laws that grant compensation payments to people who have served time in prison because of wrongful convictions? This may seem surprising especially when one considers the serious impact a conviction can have on a person's life.
We all know that the possession and subsequent use of prohibited drugs such as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamines is illegal and can result in criminal charges. But in some states, the use of such drugs may result in additional criminal charges if the user is pregnant. It’s because of a new law out of another state that we bring up this issue with our California readers in hopes of sparking a conversation about how far the law can go before it is considered overreaching.
Depending on how California residents vote on the 2014 ballot this November, good news could be coming to people who are or have faced criminal charges for certain nonviolent crimes. That’s because the new ballot measure, if passed, would convert some crimes that were previously considered felonies into misdemeanors instead.
You’d be hard pressed to find someone here in California, or across the entire nation for that matter, that would be okay with a wrongful conviction. No one wants to be accused of doing something they didn’t do. But even though our criminal justice system says that a person is innocent until proven guilty, it often doesn’t feel that way to many when they are wrongfully convicted of crimes they didn’t commit.
A California county supervisor was acquitted on three felony charges. It was claimed that he committed perjury, filed a false document concerning approximately $70,000 in state grants, and that he had a conflict of interest concerning a particular matter he purportedly participated in. However, he was found guilty concerning six misdemeanor charges concerning a supposed improper attempt to be provided bail money.
Charges against a California doctor were dismissed who had been accused of perjury, making a false claim and preparing a false claim. The doctor's attorney stated that there was no evidence to support his client being criminally prosecuted.
A federal judge has denied an individual arrested for taking part in a protest the right to a jury trial. The protest took place at Beale Air Force Base in California and concerned the use of drones. Per a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the federal judge ruled that there was no right to a jury trial if the penalty did not exceed six months imprisonment. The judge apparently added that he would not grant a jury trial even if circumstances proved it would have been permissible.
California's three-strike system when it comes to criminal law was implemented in 1994 as Proposition 184. Individuals convicted of three felonies under this law can end up serving a life sentence.
Though newspaper accounts may leave the impression that anyone arrested of a crime is guilty, one study demonstrates that exonerations for those arrested have risen. According to a National Registry of Exonerations program report, exonerations across the country are at the highest levels in 25 years.
Tween girls post photos of themselves on Facebook every time they're doing, well, anything. Your co-worker posts a new picture of himself on Instagram every time he's at the gym. Love them or hate them, "selfies" are everywhere. Generally, they're harmless, albeit mildly annoying. A recent situation in Oakland, however, shows that sometimes selfies can get you into trouble.