One of the most important things to understand about the Judicial in California, is that laws can change
The California State Legislature has recently enacted some new changes to the law which are aimed to decrease the recidivism rates in California's jails and prisons. One such change can affect any criminal charge which is filed as a Felony, from Robbery (CPC 211), to Domestic Violence (CPC 273.5) and many others, and that is Senate Bill 620.
Before SB 620 went into effect, the use of a firearm in the commission of a Felony would automatically trigger mandatory sentencing enhancements pursuant to Penal Code Section 12022.5/12022.53. This mean that if the Prosecutor could show a firearm was used in the offense, you would also be sentenced to somewhere between 3 and 25 years in the State Prison. Now, however, the Court has the authority, under SB 620, to Strike or Dismiss these enhancements at the time of sentencing. This means, that if it can be shown that it is in the "interest of justice" that the enhancements be stricken, the court can do so and sentence the Defendant as they would otherwise, without the additional state prison time.
The changes to the law, pursuant to SB 620 will not apply to all Felony cases
If you are charged with a Felony, or any other crime, contact The Law Offices of Bryan R. Kazarian today, so that we can discuss your rights, and how new changes to the California Penal Code can affect you.