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The Constitutionality Of 1437

In this recent podcast, Jennifer Mouzis, the attorney for Mr. Davidson relays why SB1437 is vital and constitutional and explains how her client, Mr. Davidsion was not involved in the crime.

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Fighting back against Racial Profiling

Anthony Hernandez was arrested and spent a month in custody because of racial profiling and presumptions by the arresting officer. It might have been far worse had it not been for the persistence of his defense attorney, who kept demanding that prosecutors turn over body camera footage of the incident from the arresting officer. Once the officer turned it over to the prosecutor’s office, almost immediately the Sacramento DA dropped the charges. The Vanguard speaks to Attorney Jennifer Mouzis about the arrest and the illegal activities of the Sacramento Police.

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SB 421 Sex Offender List Removal

You May Be Able to Get Your Name Removed from the California Sex Offender List

Being convicted for a sex crime and labeled as a sex offender is a frightening experience, but the consequences of such a conviction last far longer than many people anticipate. Even after all court ordered penalties are satisfied, a sex offender in California — up until now — has been required to register publicly as a sex offender for life.

Senate Bill 421 brings some significant changes for California’s currently registered sex offenders, as well as new sex offenders. California’s current system for sex offender registration requires a convicted sex offender — regardless of the severity of the crime — to register for life, and this can pose challenges for defendants, who often experience difficulty finding a place to live and getting a job after registration, simply to name a few. Sex offender records are made publicly available under Megan’s Law, even thirty, forty, or fifty years after the incident has passed.

 

Tiered Offense Categories

SB 421, however, introduces a new concept to sex offender registration. The bill establishes three “tiered offense” categories that are based on the severity of the crime for which the defendant was found guilty. For example, an individual who was charged and convicted of public indecency might only be a Tier 1 offender and be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years. Once the 10 year time period was up, the individual can have their name removed from the registry. However, a sex offender who was convicted of child molestation or another serious sex crime, may be considered a Tier 2 or Tier 3 offender and be required to register for 20 years or life, respectively.

For many years, California has been considered one of the harshest states in the country when it comes to sex offender laws. No distinction was made between different levels of crimes, and simple crimes like statutory rape was lumped in with much more severe crimes when it came to registration.  

 

What SB 421 Means for Currently Registered Offenders

SB 421 could allow sex offenders who were convicted of lesser crimes to be removed from the sex offender registration list if enough time has passed. For example, an individual who was convicted of what will now be considered a Tier 1 offense 12 years ago could no longer be required to register and can have his or her information removed from sex offender registration lists. This could vastly improve the lives of rehabilitated sex offenders who had been convicted of lesser offenses, not to mention, reduce the exorbitant costs of keeping such a large sex offender registry, which is largely absorbed by California residents.

 

How an Attorney Can Help:

If you’re a registered sex offender, you may be affected by the new laws put into place. Sacramento criminal defense lawyer Jennifer Mouzis can help you get your name removed from the sex offender registration list if you meet certain criteria under the law, which could improve your ability to work and earn a living, move from place to place freely, and engage in activities which you may not have been previously able to due to registration restrictions.

By contacting us early, we will be prepared to assist you in removing your name from the list as soon as this bill becomes law. Contact Attorney Jennifer Mouzis today for more information by calling (916) 822-8702.

What Is The Difference Between A Misdemeanor And A Felony?

There are key differences between a misdemeanor and a felony in the judicial system.

A misdemeanor is a minor criminal offense, whereas a felony is a much more serious, usually violent, criminal offense.

Examples of felony violations include:felony violations

  • murder
  • possession of dangerous drugs for sale
  • robberyrape

Examples of misdemeanor violations are:

  • petty theft
  • driving on a suspended license and drunk driving

The essential difference is the severity of punishment.

A felony conviction can lead you in state prison, but a misdemeanor will only have you do time in the local or country jail. A felony can involve a fine up to $10,000 and a sentence of up to life in prison or even the death sentence for special circumstance murder. A misdemeanor is generally punishable by a $1,000 fine and a maximum of one year in count jail.

In addition to the longer punishment, a person convicted of a felony: loses the right to vote, cannot possess firearms, cannot obtain certain licenses, such as a hunting or a fishing license and is also required to disclose a conviction when applying for jobs.

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July 11, 2020

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