2010 Changes in Criminal Statutes, “They Giveth Some and Taketh Some”

New law signed in by the Governor late this year change some old laws and create new sentences for those accused of heinous child and sex crimes.  The shiny new bill augments the sentence of sex offenders by increasing incarceration to life on some particularly loathsome offenses, on the flip side the law loosens up the crime of petty theft with a prior, essentially making it a misdemeanor unless the person has three prior convictions.  This seems to free up some space in prisons to lock up those that have committed the sex crimes.

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Matthew Ruff is a Torrance criminal defense attorney located near the 405 freeway on Crenshaw Blvd. Focusing on DUI and serious criminal cases for over twenty years. In addition to criminal cases, Matthew also defends clients at the DMV.
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One Response to 2010 Changes in Criminal Statutes, “They Giveth Some and Taketh Some”

  1. Alexandro says:

    I just want to say something to the poelpe who keep saying the government shouldnt regulate responsibility and individuals should be responsible for their own actions . If some guy came into a mall waving a loaded gun around and acting piss drunk, should the police just say “oh well he should have been responsible for himself” and not do anything about it? NO. When you get behind the wheel after drinking, you are gaining control of a LETHAL WEAPON with limited inhibitions and lowered reaction time. The level is set there because that is where the government thinks a person is no longer reasonably able to control their own vehicle, where the reaction time slows on an average person. Like others have said, if you are driving erratically and blow something lower than a .08, you will still be held responsible. If it is set at .00, many poelpe who are fully functioning could be cited at traffic stops where they test everyone. They put it at a limit so they can catch those who are actually inhibited. And this has nothing to do with prohibition or personal responsibility. If it were up to me, anyone given a DUI would automatically get a suspended license.

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