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Split Sentences More Common in Some Counties

An increasing number of county judges are using split sentences, thanks to California’s new felon imprisonment law, which now requires low-level offenders to serve time in county jail instead of state prison. According to the Los Angeles Times, a study by the Chief Probation Officers of California found that a greater number of judges are using split sentences. When an offender is given a split sentence, he or she is required to serve part of the time in county jail and spend the other part of the sentence in a community program. According to the new law, existing probation ineligibility...

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Misdemeanors: Nothing to Play Around With

Misdemeanors are typically considered “minor” crimes; however they should be taken seriously. Being convicted of a misdemeanor can have serious consequences that can drastically affect a person’s life. For example, even a misdemeanor charge can carry a maximum punishment of up to a year in jail. Even though a misdemeanor may not carry the same consequences as a felony, they should be taken just as seriously. In this blog, we will discuss misdemeanor offenses in the state of California. Standard misdemeanors, which include petty theft and being drunk in public, are punishable by up to six months in county jail...