CALIFORNIA LIMITS THE USE OF THE KILL ZONE THEORY OF LIABILITY FOR MURDER CHARGES

The California Supreme Court has issued a decision which strictly limits a prosecutor’s ability to convict a defendant of attempted murder based on a “kill zone” theory of liability. In cases where defendants are charged with attempted murder under the kill zone theory, prosecutors have been able to argue a defendant’s intent to kill each …

California Law Banning Gun Magazines Back in Effect

In the United States, California stands out for its expansive gun laws that constantly evolve to be forward-thinking while attempting to not harshly infringe on Second Amendment rights. The increasing frequency of mass shootings and gun-related crimes resulted in previous California governor Jerry Brown signing new laws that gave the state some of the strictest …

Local Governments Challenging Door-to-Door Cannabis Delivery in California

Beverly Hills and 24 other local governments sued on Friday to overturn a ruling that allows licensed cannabis delivery statewide. The cities argue that the rule undermines Proposition 64—which guaranteed cities and counties local control over cannabis activities. Since California’s legalization of adult cannabis use in 2016 through Prop 64, it has failed to see …

California Governor Signs Many Criminal Justice Changes into Law

California Governor Jerry Brown only has a few months left in office, but he is using his remaining time to continue his goal to pass criminal justice reform. Recently, he signed several bills into law that will overhaul the state’s criminal and juvenile justice system. Let’s take a look at what these new laws will …

Selling Sidewalk Street Food No Longer a Crime in California

Street vendors have long set up on the streets of California cities to sell bacon-wrapped hot dogs and other food to passers by. While street vendors add to California’s unique flair, cities like Hollywood have struggled with how to address these unique businesses. Past efforts to legitimize street vendors have had little success. However, a …

California Law Seeks to Cap Felony Prison Sentences

When you ask a criminal defense lawyer what penalties you will face for a crime, the answer you will receive is often “it depends.” That is because sentencing depends on numerous factors, including the facts of the case, the judge and whether any number of exceptions applies. However, California lawmakers are currently considering a bill …

Proposed Law Would Raise Age for Being Tried as an Adult in California

In California, minors as young as 14 can be subjected to the adult criminal justice system if they are charged with certain crimes. That means a 14-year-old child could be sentenced to life in prison. However, a new proposed law would raise the minimum age for being tried as an adult. Raising the Age Limit …

Hate Crimes Rise in California for the Third Year in a Row

There was a 17.4 percent increase in the number of hate crime events reported in 2017, according to a report recently released by the California Department of Justice. The number of hate crime events in California increased from 931 in 2016 to 1,093 in 2017. Since 2014, the number of reported hate crimes in California …