Fourteen New Criminal Laws to Take Effect in 2019

2019 brought with it a huge number of new laws that will affect many more people facing criminal sentencing or already in prison or jail, much more so than the laws that were ushered into effect on January 1 in prior years. For example, Penal Code § 1209.5 provides that a judge may allow a person convicted of an infraction to perform community service in lieu of paying a fine if the person shows financial inability to pay the fine. For examples of other new laws effective January 1, 2019, please click on the following link.

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