October 14, 2021 By Paul Wallin

Governor of California signs new law allowing judges to dramatically lower potential sentences for those facing serious crimes

A new law signed into law by Governor Newsom (Senate Bill 81)  mandates judges to dismiss certain sentence enhancements if the court finds that it is in the interest of justice to do so.

District Attorneys regularly file “enhancements which are capable of adding in some cases decades of additional mandatory punishment for those convicted of certain crimes.

This new power for judges takes effect for all sentencing hearing that takes place after January 1, 2022. This means in many cases it may be in the best interest of lawyers representing those facing serious criminal cases to move to continue those cases beyond January 1, 2022.

There are several reasons outlined in the new law that would permit a judge to dismiss an “enhancement”. One of these reasons is if the enhancement would result in a defendant being sentenced to over 20 years in prison. Another reason for a judge to have the power to dismiss an enhancement would be if the crime was connected to mental illness or childhood trauma suffered by the defendant.

If you or someone you love is facing a serious crime in California where they are facing many years in prison you should strongly consider contacting Wallin and Klarich. We have been helping people fighting serious criminal charges for over 40 years. Call us now toll-free at 877-466-5245. We will be there when you call.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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