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Introduction

Assembly Bill 333 (AB 333), also known as the STEP Forward Act of 2021, represents a significant shift in California’s approach to gang-related crimes. More recently, in June 2024, the California Supreme Court issued a pivotal ruling in the case of People v. Burgos, addressing the retroactive application of AB 333’s bifurcation provisions. This article delves into the details of the case, the implications of AB 333, and what this means for defendants and their legal representation, particularly in Los Angeles and Orange County criminal cases.

The Case: People v. Burgos

As experienced Los Angeles and Orange County criminal defense lawyers, we are keenly aware of the profound impact that high-profile homicide cases have on those accused and their families. Our goal is to provide a nuanced understanding of these cases, offering legal insights that prospective clients might find invaluable. This article delves into the intricate details of two prominent trials currently capturing public attention: the case of Karen Read and the trial of Young Thug, also known as Jeffery Williams. Our attorneys joined CourtTV to discuss the prominent cases on live television. 

The Case of Karen Read and the Death of Officer John O’Keefe

Background and Charges

The California Board of Parole Hearings, commonly known as the Board of Parole or BPH, is the division of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation that is responsible for determining parole suitability for inmates in California. The Board holds hearings for inmates who are serving indeterminate sentences, such as life in prison with the possibility of parole or 25 years to life in prison. The BPH conducts hearings where inmates can present their cases for release, and victims or their families can also provide input. This Board’s role is to assess whether inmates are ready to be released back into society based on factors like their behavior in prison, rehabilitation efforts, and the nature of their crimes. The Board’s decisions are influenced by various factors, including public safety, the inmate’s own insight into their crimes, and their plans for reintegration into the community. 

These hearings, often referred to as “lifer hearings,” are absolutely critical for anyone serving an indeterminate life sentence. Read on to learn more about the BPH, the factors the Board considers during lifer hearings, and why it is important to work with a renowned Los Angeles criminal appeals lawyer throughout the BPH process. 

Who Is Eligible for a Parole Suitability Hearing?

California Criminal Appeals Attorneys Helping Obtain Resentencing Hearings Based on New Legal Developments

Note: AB 1310 is proposed legislation and is not yet enacted law. Thus, any of the remedies created by AB 1310 are not yet available and will only become available if and when AB 1310 is signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsome. This was drafted in 2023. 

California lawmakers have been busy over the past decade revamping much of the state’s criminal justice system. In particular, these reforms have been centered around California’s harsh sentencing laws, which previously were among the harshest in the nation. It’s with this backdrop that Assembly Member McKinnor introduced “Assembly Bill 1310”, which is one of the state’s newest resentencing measures. 

Senate Bill 81 (“SB 81”) is a pivotal piece of legislation that dramatically changed the landscape of California sentencing procedures. While SB 81 is undeniably relevant to anyone with a current case in the California criminal justice system, it may also be used by inmates who were sentenced years ago to help them obtain a resentencing hearing. Read on to learn more about SB 81, who can benefit from the law, and how to pursue a resentencing hearing based on monumental changes to the justice system. 

What Is SB 81?

Senate Bill 81 (Reg. Sess. 2021-2022) is one of the more dramatic criminal justice reforms California lawmakers have enacted in recent years. Drafted by Nancy Skinner of California’s 9th District, SB 81 is straightforward in its approach in that it requires a judge to strike or dismiss any sentencing enhancement “if it is in the furtherance of justice to do so.” SB 81 is not codified in California Penal Code § 1385.

If you’re charged with larceny in Orange County or Los Angeles, you need to understand the high stakes involved. A conviction could upend your life, impacting your future employment prospects, relationships, and even your freedom. It’s crucial to take any larceny charge seriously by securing skilled legal representation.

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Definition of Larceny

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Types of Gun Crimes

In California, understanding the laws surrounding gun crimes isn’t just important, it’s crucial for maintaining your rights and freedom. Our firm, with its solid presence in both Orange County and Los Angeles County, has a team of attorneys well-versed in representing clients involved in these offenses. Let’s unpack some of the most typical types in California:

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