Bad Boys and Girls

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A 25-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident was arrested for assault likely to produce great bodily injury.

A 25-year-old plumber from Valencia was charged with vehicle burglary.

There were several individuals charged with battery against a former spouse, including a 39-year-old nurse from Valencia, a 59-year-old healer from Calabasas, a 41-year-old manager from Valencia, and a 46-year-old firefighter from Saugus.

A 23-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident was charged with making obscene/threatening telephone calls.

A 39-year-old janitor from Canyon Country was arrested for entering/remaining on posted property.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

23-year-old cook from Canyon Country
28-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch resident
22-year-old baker from Newhall
33-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
28-year-old unemployed Los Angeles resident
55-year-old handyman from Torrance
23-year-old cocktail server from Santa Clarita
38-year-old accountant from Newhall
41-year-old railroad worker from Paramount
23-year-old cashier from Northridge
27-year-old mechanic from Lancaster
28-year-old self-employed Valencia resident
24-year-old bartender from Saugus
29-year-old grocery manager from Hawthorne
58-year-old mechanic from Santa Clarita
18-year-old Dominos worker from Newhall
30-year-old dental tech from

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

18-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
44-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
41-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
23-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
26-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
49-year-old ranch worker from El Monte
41-year-old construction worker from Newhall
65-year-old retiree from Frazier Park

Child Abuse – California Penal Code 273d

| Police Blotter | November 8, 2018

On Friday, November 2, a 64-year-old teacher was arrested under suspicion of child abuse after he is alleged to have punched a student multiple times. According to a cell phone video caught by another student in the class, the situation started when a 14-year-old student confronted the teacher for allegedly having spoken ill about the boy. Initially, the teacher took a passive stance, so the student’s provocation increases to cursing and calling him by a racial epithet. Eventually, the teacher snapped and began hitting the boy repeatedly, using the hand that was holding his cell phone to do so.

Eventually, the fight was broken up, and after a call to the LASD, the on-campus police related what had occurred. After that, the teacher was arrested on suspicion of child abuse charges and held in lieu of $50,000 bond. He was released from jail the following day and is scheduled to be arraigned on November 30.

Child abuse is covered under California Penal Code 273d and is described as the willful infliction of either:
Cruel or inhuman corporal punishment, or
An injury that results in a traumatic condition on a minor who is under 18

Under California law, the term “corporal punishment” refers to the punishing of the body, as opposed to the emotions. A “traumatic condition” is any wound, minor or serious, caused by the direct application of physical force. “Willfully” indicates that the person who inflicted the punishment or injury intended to do so at the time. For example, punching a child in the face in an attempt to injure them would be considered willful. Accidentally elbowing a child in the face that you didn’t know was there would more than likely not.
PC 273d applies to many types of abuse or applications of force other than punching, including slapping, kicking, choking, pushing, shaking, and more. However, spanking is not covered under PC 273d provided that it is done for disciplinary purposes and isn’t excessive under the circumstances. It should be noted that the description of when spanking is not considered child abuse is deliberately vague. There are strong opinions both for and against spanking as a punishment, and while it is legally allowed today, things may change tomorrow.

Like many of California’s laws, Penal Code 273d is a “wobbler” that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the circumstances of the case and the defendant’s prior criminal history. If charged as a misdemeanor, the possible penalties include summary probation or up to one year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $6,000.

For felony charges, the penalties include a jail sentence of two, four, or six years and/or a fine of up to $6,000. It is also possible that the defendant is sentenced to formal (felony) probation for part (or all) of their sentence instead of jail.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | November 2, 2018

Three unemployed Santa Clarita residents were arrested for burglary, including a 31-year-old, a 23-year-old and a 25-year-old.

A 47-year-old doctor from Huntington Beach was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 42-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident was arrested for cruelty to a child likely to produce great bodily injury (GBI) or death.

A 31-year-old Santa Clarita resident was arrested for loud/unreasonable noise.

A 51-year-old contractor from Burbank was arrested for stalking. And a 26-year-old chef assistant was arrested for garage burglary.

A 63-year-old investor from Saugus was arrested for committing a sex act with a child under 10 years of age.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

33-year-old manager from Valencia
23-year-old meat cutter from Long Beach
22-year-old cook from Canyon Country
31-year-old security guard from Valencia
25-year-old caregiver from Newhall
27-year-old car washer from Lancaster
22-year-old material handler from Palmdale
27-year-old driver from Canyon Country
33-year-old construction worker from Lakewood

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

27-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
37-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
31-year-old “actor plumber” from Canyon Country
23-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
27-year-old fork lift driver from Pacoima
42-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
22-year-old salesman from Cherry Valley
27-year-old construction worker from Pacoima
33-year-old waste management worker from Lancaster
32-year-old salesman from Canyon Country

California Penal Code 284 PC – Marrying the Husband or Wife of Another

| Police Blotter | November 1, 2018

In the State of California, it’s illegal to marry someone if that person is already married to someone else. California Penal Code 284 PC is the mirror-image of California’s bigamy law (PC 281) which makes it illegal to marry someone when you are already married to someone else.

Under California Law, a person can be charged with violating Penal Code 284 if they get married to someone who is still married to someone else, as long as they do so knowingly and willfully. For example, if Bob asks Jan to marry him, and Jan does so knowing full-well that Bob is already married to another woman somewhere else, then Jan is eligible to be charged with a crime. However, if Jan marries Bob without knowing he was already married, she isn’t eligible to be charged.

It may seem a little out there, but California Penal Code 284 does come into play from time to time. People generally don’t marry someone who is already married to someone else with whom they are also cohabitating. It usually occurs when one person wants to marry another, but one of the parties is separated from his or her current legal spouse and/or has tried unsuccessfully to get a divorce or if the spouse of the person who is already married lives in another country. In order to legally marry someone who has already been married, the previous marriage must have been annulled, declared void, or dissolved by a court with the jurisdiction to do so (this includes divorce).

There is a specific set of circumstances that exist under which it’s possible to knowingly marry someone who is already married. First, the married person’s spouse must have been absent for five years in a row. Second, during those five years, the person you want to marry has not known for a fact that their spouse is still alive.

Bigamy, that is, being married to one person and also marrying someone else is a “wobbler” in California that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. Surprisingly, the flip-side of this law, marrying someone who is already married, is a felony offense in California. The possible penalties include 16 months to three years in jail and/or felony probation and/or a fine of no less than $5,000 and no more than $10,000.

Bad Girls and Boys

| Police Blotter | October 26, 2018

A 23-year-old aesthetician and a 31-year-old janitor from Alameda were arrested for robbery.

A 46-year-old “professional transient” was brought up on charges of failure to appear after written promise.

A 30-year-old unemployed Sunland resident was arrested for defacing property.

A 42-year-old construction worker from Castaic was arrested for hit and run causing injury/death.

A 53-year-old construction worker from Lancaster was arrested for grand theft money/property greater than $400.

A 48-year-old contractor from Lebec was booked for failure to appear after a traffic warrant.

A 48-year-old construction worker from Woodland Hills was arrested for obstructing/resisting an executive officer.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

19-year-old barber from Acton
37-year-old housekeeper from Wilmington
25-year-old Sun Valley resident
25-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
29-year-old construction worker from Newhall
29-year-old cook from Newhall
57-year-old dental technician from Canyon Country

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

53-year-old network administrator from Newhall
25-year-old electrician from Bakersfield
32-year-old clerk from Lancaster
37-year-old construction worker from Newbury Park
35-year-old Walmart associate from Newhall
31-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
23-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
33-year-old audio installer from Quartz Hill
37-year-old unemployed Granada Hills resident
32-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
28-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
53-year-old recycler from Lancaster
41-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident

Halloween 2018 Events and Safety Tips

| Police Blotter | October 25, 2018

Halloween is just around the corner, and there are a ton of events going on this year in the Santa Clarita and Los Angeles areas. From haunted houses to haunted hayrides, L.A. County knows how to do Halloween right. If you’re a horror-lover, party fiend, or someone for whom the past couple years haven’t been scary enough, below are various, tantalizingly terrifying events to attend.

Halloween in SCV
With so many different events going on around Santa Clarita, there were just too many to mention here. So along with the Jack the Ripper Virtual Reality Haunted House, the Haunted Jailhouse, The Lazer Street Dark Ops Lazer Tag event, Fright Fest at Six Flags, the Coffinwood Cemetery Home Haunt, Halloween Fiesta, Trunk or Treat, Monster Mash Senses Block Party, Costume Contests, Fall Festivals, Pumpkin Patches and so much more, we direct you to the Santa Clarita guide link for all the gory details! https://santaclaritaguide.com/HarvestFunSCV.html

Halloween & Mourning Tours Oct. 27-28
If you’re into history and the macabre, the Heritage Square Museum in Montecito Heights has something special just for you. On October 27, you’ll be able to learn all about the death and mourning etiquette during the Victorian Era, including how clothing played a role in mourning, a crash-course in spiritualism, and even a bit of fortune-telling. Afterward, you’ll be able to attend a period-specific funeral in one of the historic homes. If you have kids you’d like to bring, there will be period-specific games, 19th century arts and crafts, and ghost stories!

Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Oct. 18-31
The Annual Haunted Hayride in Griffith Park will be in full-swing once again. For those who aren’t in the know, this is no ordinary romp through the pumpkin patch. Ghosts, demons, and other untold horrors await those who dare to venture forth this Halloween. There will also be a “scary-go-round” for little kids and cowards, and pitch black mazes teeming with both demons and maniacs.

West Hollywood Costume Carnival Oct. 31
No list of Halloween events in Los Angeles would ever be complete without mentioning the largest Halloween street party in the world. If you don’t like crowds, then this event may not be for you since roughly half a million people tend to show up every year. The festivities this year include dancing, drinking, costume contests, a parade, and more!

There’s a whole lot more going on this month in Los Angeles in celebration of Halloween – too much to list. Whatever you choose to do though, drive extra carefully, and never get behind the wheel if you’re going to consume alcohol.

Like every holiday, law enforcement will be out on the streets looking for anyone showing signs of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Also, if you’re going to be out and about in residential areas, be alert – there will be scores of children out on the streets both before and after dark. Kids are unpredictable and like to dart out into traffic without warning, so whenever you’re driving around children, take it extra slow. Have a fun, safe and happy Halloween!

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | October 19, 2018

This week, there were several individuals who were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant, including a 37-year-old unemployed Valencia resident, a 39-year-old water and power employee from Santa Clarita, a 40-year-old self-employed Stevenson Ranch resident, a 54-year-old retired Saugus resident, and a 51-year-old Disney Animator from Canyon Country.

A 42-year-old construction worker from Castaic was charged with hit and run causing injury/death. And a 27-year-old bouncer from Santa Clarita was arrested for Vandalism.

A 38-year-old unemployed Burbank resident was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 29-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident was brought up on charges of terrorizing/causing fear.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

27-year-old human resources worker from Arleta
25-year-old server from Canyon Country
29-year-old self-employed Newhall resident
31-year-old material handler from Las Vegas, Nev.
35-year-old plumber from Palmdale
41-year-old engineer from Lancaster
42-year-old Janitor from Newhall
30-year-old construction worker from Newhall
27-year-old landscaper from Canyon Country
32-year-old self-employed San Fernando resident
26-year-old call center worker from Lancaster
36-year-old chef from Sylmar
29-year-old construction worker from Newhall
57-year-old dental technician from Canyon Country
25-year-old Sun Valley resident who refused to give his/her occupation

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

24-year-old pharmacy technician from Canyon Country
23-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
31-year-old surfer from Los Angeles
28-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
28-year-old DirectTV employee from Sylmar
26-year-old unemployed Canyon County resident
31-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
23-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
43-year-old audio installer from Quarts Hill
37-year-old unemployed Granada Hills resident
28-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
53-year-old recycler from Lancaster
41-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident

California Penal Code 4800 PC – Executive Clemency

| Police Blotter | October 18, 2018

It’s possible for an inmate who is serving time in a California prison or jail to petition the governor to have their sentence commuted. When a sentence is commuted, it doesn’t mean that the person is no longer guilty of the crime, nor does it alter their criminal record. It just reduces or eliminates a prisoner’s sentence, or it can make a prisoner immediately eligible for parole. Whether or not that prisoner is released on parole will still be up to the California’s Board of Parole hearings.

Anyone who is convicted of a crime in California is eligible for commutation, with the exception of impeached government officials. However, a governor doesn’t have the power to commute the sentence of just anyone. If the prisoner was convicted of a federal crime, a military offense or a violation of the law in another state or country, the governor cannot commute their sentence. Additionally, if a prisoner was convicted of two or more felonies, the governor cannot commute their sentence without a majority consent on the California Supreme Court. On their own, the governor has the power to grant the commutation of sentence for any number of misdemeanors, but only one felony.

To apply for commutation of a sentence, a prisoner must notify the District Attorney’s office in the county where the crime was committed, and complete and mail a notarized application to the governor. Upon receiving the application, the governor is not required to consider an application for clemency – let alone grant it. When the governor decides to do so, the application is typically referred to the Board of Parole Hearings who will then conduct an investigation and recommend to the governor whether or not the prisoner’s request should be granted.

Having a sentence commuted is not the same as receiving a pardon. Pardons are issued on rare occasions when someone has been rehabilitated of a crime, and it can remove some of the restrictions set upon someone who has been convicted of a crime. Some of the benefits of receiving a governor’s pardon can include: the right to serve on a jury, relief from the duty to register as a sex offender, restoration of gun rights (though not always), the right to be employed as a county probation officer or state parole officer, and the right to apply for state professional licensing without being automatically denied.

A governor’s pardon does not seal a person’s criminal record, nor does it expunge the crime from said record. It’s still possible for an employer to learn about the conviction (though a pardon can often improve one’s chances of being hired). Also, if the defendant was convicted of a crime using a dangerous weapon (gun, knife, metal knuckles, concealed explosive), their gun rights will not be restored upon receiving a pardon.

It should be noted that a pardon is not required for someone convicted of a felony to restore their ability to vote. The right to vote in California is automatically restored once the person convicted of a felony has been released from prison and successfully completes their parole.

Most people convicted of a crime can petition for a governor’s pardon after a certain period of rehabilitation (usually 7 to 10 years). The time begins when the defendant is released from custody and completes their probationary period or parole, and the defendant cannot commit any crimes over the duration of the rehabilitation period.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | October 12, 2018

This week, a 35-year-old dispatcher from Frazier Park was arrested for battery, and a 32-year-old Chatsworth resident who works in retail was arrested for reckless driving.

A 53-year-old Uber driver from Studio City was arrested for identity theft. And a 52-year-old massage therapist from Newhall was arrested for sex penetration: force/etc.

A 19-year-old Canyon Country resident who works in customer service was brought up on charges of battery against a former spouse. Another 19-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident was charged with defacing property.

A 55-year-old dance instructor from Newhall was charged with battery.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

64-year-old nurse from Long Beach
27-year-old welder from Santa Clarita
22-year-old stocker from Saugus
23-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
41-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
28-year-old clerk from Canyon Country
27-year-old animal trainer from Lakewood
46-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
41-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
36-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
28-year-old unemployed Simi Valley resident
28-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
30-year-old caregiver from Hollywood
21-year-old unemployed El Monte resident

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

32-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
46-year-old mechanic from Canyon Country
43-year-old dental assistant from Canyon Country
29-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
26-year-old unemployed Chatsworth resident
32-year-old caregiver from Palmdale
31-year-old field worker from Salinas
50-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
52-year-old fisherman from Carpentaria
18-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident
31-year-old unemployed Stevenson Ranch resident
48-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
29-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
25-year-old driver from Stevenson Ranch

California Penal Code 1001.36 PC – Mental Health Diversion

| Police Blotter | October 11, 2018

In recent years, both police and the courts have been paying more attention to the mental health status of suspects with whom they come into contact. Under California Penal Code 1001.36 PC, recently enacted in June of 2018, a qualifying defendant can undergo mental health treatment after they’ve been charged with a crime and, upon successful completion of the treatment program, have their charges dismissed.

Known as California’s Mental Health Diversion Program, PC 1001.36 is part of a broader pretrial diversion system designed to allow defendants in certain situations seek treatment before their trial continues. Treatment can be requested at any point in the defendant’s criminal case before they are sentenced.

A person’s mental health status isn’t the only qualifier that can render them eligible for one of California’s diversion programs. Penal Code 1000 PC describes California’s Pretrial Drug Diversion Program that defendants who are being charged with some non-violent drug crimes involving simple possession to undergo drug treatment.
If they successfully complete their treatment, the charges will be dismissed. There’s even a “bad check” diversion program, where a defendant who is convicted of writing bad checks can request an alternative sentencing program that will allow them to pay restitution toward the victim and, at their own expense, attend an intervention program.

Not every defendant will qualify for one of California’s Diversion Programs. Under Penal Code 1001.36 PC, both misdemeanor and felony defendants can qualify for a mental health intervention if:

  • The defendant suffers from a mental condition other than pedophilia, borderline personality disorder, or antisocial personality disorder
  • The defendant’s mental disorder played a significant role in the commission of the crime
  • A qualified mental health expert believes the defendant would respond to treatment
  • The defendant consents to diversion and waves their right to a speedy trial
  • The defendant agrees to comply with the treatment as a condition of diversion
  • The court is satisfied that the defendant will not pose an unreasonable risk of danger to the community

When a defendant undergoes mental health treatment as part of the diversion program, the treatment can last up to two years and can consist of in-patient and/or out-patient therapy. If the defendant successfully completes the treatment, the court will dismiss the charges against them at the end of the treatment period. If the defendant does not successfully complete treatment, they aren’t sent to jail. Instead, the criminal proceedings in the defendant’s case are resumed and will continue to move toward trial.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | October 5, 2018

A 30-year-old Lyft driver was arrested for raping a victim incapable of consent.

Three unemployed individuals were charged with entering/occupying property without the owner’s consent, including two Santa Clarita residents, ages 24 and 28, and a 21-year-old Canyon Country resident.

A 31-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident was booked for prostitution with prior knowledge of AIDS. And a 21-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident was arrested for burglary.

A 32-year-old sales associate from Santa Clarita was arrested for violating probation.

An 18-year-old unemployed Nuevo resident and a 27-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident were charged with battery. No, not Duracell.

A 27-year-old gardener was arrested for carrying a loaded firearm as a gang member.

DUIs with prior arrests include:

37-year-old associate from Agua Dulce
30-year-old staffer from Palmdale
38-year-old consultant from Sparks, Nev.
22-year-old floor salesman from Canyon Country
21-year-old server from Newhall
32-year-old surgical technician from Saugus
33-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident
32-year-old self-employed Stevenson Ranch resident
36-year-old owner from Fillmore
28-year-old construction worker from Van Nuys
48-year-old driver from Pasadena

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

28-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
53-year-old cherry picker from Santa Clarita
40-year-old unemployed Valencia resident
22-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
31-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
46-year-old musician from Palm Desert
41-year-old contractor from Santa Clarita
27-year-old laborer from Hesperia
49-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
29-year-old project manager form Newhall
29-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
29-year-old meat department employee from Newhall
47-year-old masonry worker from American Fork, Utah.
29-year-old unemployed Valencia resident

California Penal Code 503 PC – Embezzlement

| Police Blotter | October 4, 2018

Recently, a Santa Clarita woman was arrested on suspicion of embezzling money from the Girl Scouts of America and a cancer organization. The suspect had been the volunteer treasurer for the Girl Scouts of America for 20 years, and also served as the CFO for the Beverly Hills Cancer Center.

The investigation began just over a year ago when a Girl Scouts group alerted law enforcement to financial irregularities and suspected that the woman was stealing. When police began looking into it, their investigation quickly widened. After the suspect’s arrest on September 25, investigators served a search warrant in her home where they located additional evidence of theft. It’s believed that the suspect embezzled $58,000 over the past five years from the Girl Scouts, and another $30,000 from the time when she was serving as CFO for the Beverly Hills Cancer Center. According to police, the suspect didn’t live an extravagant lifestyle and it’s believed the embezzlement occurred due to financial struggles on the part of the suspect.

Embezzlement is covered under California Penal Code 503 PC and is described as fraudulently appropriating property that belongs to someone else and has been entrusted to you. In TV and movies, embezzlement is usually associated with the theft of very large sums of money and high-powered executives, but in realty, embezzlement frequently involves very small amounts of money or property and suspects have a wide range of jobs and relationships.

Interestingly, it’s possible to be charged with embezzlement even if the suspect doesn’t intend to keep the property they appropriated. For embezzlement to occur, the owner of money or property must entrust it to the suspect because they trust them. Simply being an employee of a given company or a member of an organization doesn’t imply a position of trust, and when someone steals under these conditions, it’s usually charged as theft. You can think of the crime of embezzlement as betraying the trust of someone who entrusted you with money or property because they trust you – not necessarily just because it’s part of your job.

The penalties for violating California Penal Code 503 PC will depend on the value and type of property that was embezzled. If the amount of money or value of the property was worth more than $950 dollars, was an automobile, or was a firearm, the defendant will face the penalties for grand theft (PC 487) – which is a “wobbler” that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. If charged as a misdemeanor, the possible penalties include misdemeanor probation, up to 1 year in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. If charged as a felony, the possible penalties include felony probation, 16 months to three years in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. If the value of the money or property stolen was exceptionally high, the defendant faces additional and consecutive penalties of as many as four years in jail.

If the value of the money or property embezzled totals less than $950, the crime will likely be charged as a misdemeanor with the possible penalties of misdemeanor probation, up to six months in county jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 28, 2018

A 28-year-old contractor from Canyon Country was charged with kidnapping.

Two unemployed 18-year-old Los Angeles residents were arrested for burglary, and a 23-year-old safety instructor from Lancaster was also brought up on burglary charges.

Two individuals were arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant/etc., including a 52-year-old operations manager from Canyon Country and a 27-year-old Jersey Mikes employee from Altadena.

A 50-year-old lighting technician from Agua Dulce was arrested for taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

A 38-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident was charged with resisting an officer. A 24-year-old caregiver from Stevenson Ranch was arrested for furnishing marijuana to a minor over the age of 14.

DUI’s with prior arrests include:

33-year-old manager from Simi Valley
23-year-old unemployed Santa Barbara resident
30-year-old security guard from South Gate
48-year-old server from Saugus
32-year-old musician from Lancaster
35-year-old self-employed Canyon Country resident
32-year-old Los Angeles resident
40-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
34-year-old clerk from Palmdale
46-year-old actor from Northridge

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

30-year-old D.J. from Brea
33-year-old manager from North Hollywood
28-year-old landscaper from Santa Clarita
45-year-old construction worker from Santa Clarita
56-year-old unemployed Lake Elizabeth resident
37-year-old caretaker from Valencia
19-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
56-year-old prospector from Lake Elizabeth
38-year-old Valencia resident who works in air conditioning
32-year-old stocker from Sylmar
27-year-old Canyon Country resident
26-year-old construction worker from Bakersfield
28-year-old technician from Santa Clarita
36-year-old construction worker from Turlock
43-year-old recycler from Newhall

California Penal Code 262 PC – Spousal Rape

| Police Blotter | September 27, 2018

It’s a subject in the news quite a bit, but for some, difficult to discuss … Rape – having sexual intercourse with someone without their consent – is illegal no matter who the person is, even if it’s the defendant’s spouse. A lot of people may not realize that spousal rape (also referred to as marital rape) is a crime, but it is, and it’s been on the books since the late 1970s.

Today, spousal rape is illegal in all 50 states, but the punishments can vary pretty widely. In California, rape of a spouse is treated similarly to rape of a stranger (PC 261), and all of the penalties are nearly identical.

Under California Penal Code 262 PC, rape of a spouse must be accomplished using one of the following criteria: force, violence, duress, menace, or fear of bodily injury. Additionally, a person can be charged with spousal rape under PC 262 if they engage in sexual intercourse with their spouse and:

  • The defendant knows that the spouse is unable to resist due to intoxication with drugs, alcohol or medication
  • The spouse is unconscious of what’s going on
  • The defendant persuades the spouse into having intercourse by threatening kidnapping, inflicting extreme pain, serious bodily injury or death AND there is reasonable possibility that the threat will be carried out
  • The defendant coerces the spouse into having intercourse by making them believe that the defendant is a public official who can arrest, incarcerate or deport the spouse

According to California Law, for sexual intercourse to occur, there must be some form of penetration, no matter how brief or how slight. The state defines “consent” as being able to act freely and voluntarily, and knows the nature of the act they are agreeing to.
Interestingly, requests for contraception or birth control before performing intercourse does not show that the victim consented to have sex in the eyes of the law. For example, suppose a spouse is threatened into having intercourse by an abusive partner and the victim requests that his or her spouse use protection during the intercourse. The victim in this situation isn’t considered to be giving consent, as far as the law is concerned, simply because the individual requested that a condom be used.

As previously mentioned, the penalties for spousal rape are similar to those for rape of a stranger. The crime is a felony and the penalties include: three, six, or eight years in California state prison, increased by three to five years if the victim suffered great bodily injury, up to $10,000 in fines, and possible mandatory registration as a sex offender. If the defendant has been convicted of multiple sex crimes, and the spousal rape was accomplished using force, fear, or threats of death or great bodily injury, it’s possible to receive a sentence of life in prison.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 20, 2018

A 24-year-old security guard from Lancaster was arrested for sexual battery by restraint.

A 34-year-old campus supervisor from Tustin was brought up on charges of sexual battery forcing victim to masturbate.

Two individuals from Bakersfield were arrested for burglary, including a 39-year-old unemployed resident and a 46-year-old unemployed resident.

Two individuals were arrested for battery against a former spouse: a 27-year-old cook from Downey and a 29-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident.

A 60-year-old Castaic resident was brought up on attempted murder charges.

Two 24-year-old landscapers from Los Angeles were arrested for attempted burglary. And two 18-year-olds were arrested for vandalism, including a Valencia resident and a Castaic resident.

A 60-year-old Las Vegas resident was arrested for attempted kidnapping.

DUIs with prior arrests include:
23-year-old floor person from Santa Clarita
34-year-old police officer from Sylmar
62-year-old retired Santa Barbara resident
49-year-old machinist from Palmdale
29-year-old home theater associate from Lancaster

Charges of Possession of a controlled substance went to:

30-year-old self-employed Castaic resident
35-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
33-year-old sales rep from Stevenson Ranch
65-year-old delivery driver from Canyon Country
24-year-old unemployed Castaic resident
32-year-old cashier from Glendale
29-year-old messenger from Glendale
25-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
38-year-old construction worker from Saugus
35-year-old real estate investor from Lancaster
25-year-old janitor from Santa Clarita
27-year-old Newhall resident to works in retail

How a Bail Bondsman Serves the Community and Assists Law Enforcement Officers

| Police Blotter | September 20, 2018

Bail Bondsmen and women provide a valuable service to both the community and to law enforcement by monitoring defendants and ensuring that they attend their court mandated appointments without putting further stress on law enforcement officers and individual tax payers.

Additionally, the bail process itself serves as a powerful motivation for a defendant to return to court. No one wants to lose tens of thousands of dollars, nor would a defendant want to be the reason that their friends and/or family lost money by his or her not returning to court. Bail provides defendants a financial incentive, along with the family or friends that cosign on the bail bond.

When someone is arrested and taken into custody, generally, the first stop they will make is the local police or sheriff station in the area where they were arrested. They will go through the booking and processing procedure, which includes having their fingerprints recorded, photograph taken, and a comprehensive national background check is conducted to check for any outstanding warrants. Once all of these processes are complete, bail will be set for those who are eligible, depending on the nature and severity of the crime they have been charged with. A bail bondsman can help to administrate all of the details post-arrest, giving the defendant important information and guidance they’ll need to get through the court process in a smooth, trouble free way.

A bail bondsman doesn’t have to go through the court system to bail someone out of jail; they can bail someone out of just about every police station, sheriff station, jail or any time of day or night, including weekends and holidays. They can also bail out people directly from court.

When people work with a bail bondsman, they choose to not have to pay the full amount of bail set by the judge. For example, if an individual wants to bail someone out who has been charged with a $20,000 Felony, they would only pay 10 percent or less, instead of the full twenty-thousand dollars. This makes it easier for families to help their friends or loved one deal with their charges from the outside, not from the inside of a jail cell. Additionally, working with a bail bondsman allows people to choose to finance the bail bond at low monthly payments, instead of paying it all in one lump-sum. No taxes, interest, fees, or other charges are levied when a bail bond is financed.

The way the bail process currently stands, if a defendant does not fulfill all of their court-related obligations, it is the bail bondsman – not the police, or already over-worked staff of law enforcement in charge of locating a defendant and bringing them back to jail. The bail process via a bondsman has never cost the tax payer any money, and is a sound part of criminal justice system that has worked well for many, many years.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 14, 2018

A 39-year-old transient who listed his occupation as “journeyman” was arrested for burglary.

Two individuals were charged with taking a vehicle without the owner’s consent: a 35-year-old unemployed San Fernando resident and a 36-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident.

A 58-year-old painter from Castaic and a 25-year-old caregiver from Lancaster were arrested for corporal injury on a former spouse/cohabitant/etc.

A 38-year-old custodian from Castaic was arrested for carrying a switchblade on his or her person, and an 18-year-old cook from Newhall was brought up on charges of vandalism.

A 24-year-old unemployed Cupertino resident was booked for annoying/molesting a child.

DUIs with prior arrests include:
32-year-old caretaker from Santa Clarita
28-year-old server from Pacoima
30-year-old marketer from West Covina
48-year-old claims examiner from North Hollywood
37-year-old operations manager form Canyon Country
29-year-old EMT from Valencia
50-year-old Metrolink technician from Lancaster
27-year-old landscaper from Canyon Country
35-year-old stocker from Canyon Country
42-year-old technician from Santa Clarita
25-year-old laborer from Lawndale
26-year-old associate from Saugus
22-year-old manager from Canyon Country
21-year-old unemployed Visalia resident

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:
31-year-old plumber from Saugus
32-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
31-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
46-year-old miner from Lake Elizabeth
31-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
40-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
47-year-old unemployed Lebec resident
21-year-old self-employed Castaic resident
38-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
47-year-old unemployed Santa Clarita resident
37-year-old unemployed Newhall resident
29-year-old general contractor from Newhall
42-year-old cook from Santa Clarita
50-year-old cleaner from Granada Hills

Penal Code 118 PC – Perjury

| Police Blotter | September 13, 2018

Perjury is a serious crime. It’s covered under California Penal Code 118 PC and is described as deliberately giving false information while under oath. Perjury usually comes up in the news when someone lies while giving testimony during court proceedings; however, there are several situations in which an individual is subject to California’s perjury law, including: when being deposed, in a signed affidavit, in a signed declaration or certificate, and on a DL 44 drivers license application at the DMV.

When a person is accused of committing perjury, there are four separate facts that a prosecutor must be able to prove.

The Statement was Willful or Deliberate

When a person makes a verbal or written statement that is then conveyed to another person that is intended to be taken as true, then the statement is considered to be willful and deliberate. Conveyance of the verbal or written statement from one person to another is required for this element of the crime to be true. It isn’t considered perjury if someone says or writes something to themselves that contains a false statement.

You Must Know that the Statement is False

Stating something that is false doesn’t necessarily constitute lying if the person making the statement believes it to be true. People mistake facts all the time, and making an honest mistake when you’re under oath isn’t a crime. For example, if a person gives testimony in court that they saw a defendant wearing all black clothing during the commission of a crime, when the defendant was actually wearing dark blue clothing, the person on the stand likely won’t be charged with perjury because they were unaware that the person’s clothing was different from what they thought.

You Must be Under Oath at the Time the Statement is Made

If you’re not under oath, or signing paperwork that falls under PC 118 (such as a DL 44 application at the DMV), then you can’t be charged with perjury. The law explicitly states that an individual must deliberately give false information while under oath. No oath, no perjury.
The Statement was Related to Material Fact

Not every false statement made under oath necessarily qualifies one to be charged with perjury. To be eligible for charges, one must make a false statement under oath pertaining to a “material fact.” A “material fact” is a fact that has great importance or consequence. For a statement of fact to be considered material, it must satisfy one of two criteria.
The statement must be used to affect the outcome of the proceeding or
The statement has the probability of affecting the outcome of the proceeding
It’s important to note that the statement doesn’t have to actually affect the proceeding, it just has to be made with the intention of affecting it or has to have the probably of affecting it.

Perjury is a felony in California, and carries the possible penalties of felony probation with up to one year in county jail or two, three, or four years in county jail. Judges have a great deal of leeway when it comes to sentencing someone for perjury, and will take into account the defendant’s prior criminal history as well as what effect, if any, the perjury had.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | September 7, 2018

A 49-year-old unemployed Newhall resident was arrested for residential burglary.

A 24-year-old receptionist from Northridge was arrested for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant/etc. And a 32-year-old unemployed Newhall resident was brought up on charges of battery.

Two Lancaster residents – a 40-year-old warehouse hand and a 36-year-old property manager – were booked for reckless driving.

A 36-year-old self-employed Santa Paula resident was arrested for loitering with intent to prostitute.

A 40-year-old construction worker from Canyon Country was arrested for driving without a license.

Arrests for prostituting with prior knowledge of AIDS include:

31-year-old salesperson from Laurel
58-year-old logistical wizard from Van Nuys
27-year-old grip from Sylmar
52-year-old trucker from Castaic
63-year-old self-employed Santa Paula resident
20-year-old ramp agent from Palmdale
26-year-old mechanic from Newhall
51-year-old carpenter from Bakersfield
36-year-old self-employed Santa Paula resident
46-year-old construction manager from Lake Hughes

DUIs with prior arrests include:

29-year-old server from Valencia
24-year-old Valencia resident
41-year-old self-employed Santa Clarita resident
25-year-old welder from Palmdale
38-year-old traveling RN from Richmond
55-year-old police officer from Santa Clarita

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

32-year-old construction worker from Lancaster
27-year-old construction worker from Sylmar
38-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
58-year-old unemployed Sun Valley resident
36-year-old unemployed Canyon Country resident
41-year-old cook from Newhall
26-year-old gardener from Newhall
38-year-old AC technician from Canyon Country

Alcohol a Factor in July 4 Collision

| Police Blotter | September 6, 2018

On July 4 of this year, a young Santa Clarita man who served in the Marines was killed when he lost control of his vehicle, flipped it, and slid into a utility pole. It’s recently been released that he had a BAC of .22 when the accident took place, and that alcohol very likely played a factor in the collision.

According to reports, the man was driving down the street at a high rate of speed near the intersection of Bouquet Cyn. Rd. and Wellston Dr. when he attempted to make a lane change. He ended up hitting a vehicle traveling in front of him, causing him to lose control as the vehicle flipped onto its side and slide into a SoCal Edison pole. The vehicle he collided with was an SUV carrying three people, two of which were transported to the hospital after the collision. Investigators took blood samples to test for the presence of alcohol or drugs, the results of which were made public this week.

A blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or greater is the legal limit used by law enforcement to determine whether or not a person is intoxicated. At or around this level, a definite muscle coordination impairment is experienced, as well as impaired driving skills. With a BAC of .18 to .25, people generally experience disorientation, confusion, dizziness, and exhibit exaggerated emotional states. Their vision is effected by way of color perception, form, motion and dimensions. They also suffer a significant lack of muscle coordination, can begin slurring their speech and even feel apathetic and lethargic.

This tragic incident, and others like it that occur every day, prove positive the need to take care of ourselves, our friends, and our loved ones when it comes to drinking and driving. If you’re hosting a party where people will be consuming alcohol, take special care to watch out for them and make sure nobody gets behind the wheel drunk. Make sure those who drink give you their keys, or at least have someone with them who can drive sober. Call them a taxi or insist that they get an Uber or Lyft to get them where they’re going. If all else fails, and you can’t get them to call an alternative ride or stay at your place, call the cops. It may sound like a rotten thing to do to a friend or a family member, but it may just save their lives.

It’s also important to take the speed at which you or others drink into account. It’s entirely possible to get behind the wheel feeling in control, only to have the alcohol one consumes get absorbed into their bloodstream during the drive home, resulting in an unexpected impairment.

The three people in the SUV are lucky that the collision didn’t cost them more than a trip to the hospital, as alcohol-related collisions often take the lives of others on the roads as well as the impaired driver.

Historically, holidays that are closely associated with drinking have been extremely dangerous times to be on the roads. Just this past Labor Day Weekend, between Friday August 31st and Sunday September 2nd, ten motorists and two pedestrians were killed on California roads and the CHP had arrested over 700 people for DUI.

Labor Day 2018 Celebration Safety Tips

| Police Blotter | August 31, 2018

Labor Day is synonymous with the consumption of alcohol, making Labor Day weekend one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road. National statistics show that an alcohol-related fatal traffic collision occurs once every 51 minutes. Over the course of the three-day Labor Day weekend, that number nearly doubles, increases to one every 34 minutes. Whatever you choose to do, whether it be hosting a party yourself, staying home, or heading out of town, there are steps you can take to help keep your friends and family safe this holiday weekend.

Travelers and Party-Goers
Ideally, staying off the roads is the most effective (and obvious) way of avoiding dangerous traffic conditions. However, staying home isn’t always an option. If you plan to head out this weekend, here are a few safety tips to consider:
Recognize the signs of impaired driving on the roadways, stay away from these drivers, and don’t hesitate to report them. If you see someone swerving, drifting to one side or another, tailgating, unsafe lane changes and turns, etc. can all be signs of an impaired driver at the wheel. These people are extremely dangerous and need to be taken off the road as soon as possible. Calling the police is the right thing to do.
Don’t be one of them. If you’re going to consume alcohol, either make plans to stay where you’re going, set a designated driver, or use a ride sharing app like Uber or Lyft. Also, never, ever get into the car with a driver who has been drinking.
Don’t drive too closely to other cars. If you’re on the road during peak travel times, this may be unavoidable. Still, try to practice defensive driving and leave yourself some room to react.

Hosting your own gathering is a great way to stay off the roads yourself, but it’s important to be protective of the people you invite. Here are a few things to consider if you plan to have people over:

Have everyone who plans to consume alcohol give their keys to you and keep them in a large bowl or jar. This way, they have to go through you before they get behind the wheel.

Provide non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers and others who may choose to remain sober.

If someone tries to leave who has been drinking, help them get a taxi or acquire another form of transportation. If all else fails, insist they stay over.

Prepare space ahead of time for family or friends to stay. A lot of people may refuse simply because they don’t want to impose. Knowing you planned having people stay from the get-go may help alleviate their apprehension.

Getting a DUI won’t just ruin your holiday weekend, it will affect your life for months to come. A first-time DUI can result in jail time, several thousand dollars in fees and the loss/suspension of driving privileges – at best. At worst, it can cost you your life, or cost the lives of others on the roadway and result in manslaughter or even murder charges. Using common sense and looking out for others can help ensure all of you enjoy a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend.

‘A House Divided’

| Police Blotter | August 31, 2018

By Stephen Smith

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln

I am not concerned with the vagaries of presidents. I am concerned with how their words, actions and political dynamics have changed our country. I fear we are moving towards disaster.

Beginning with President Clinton’s contempt of court conviction and subsequent impeachment actions, the relationship between Republicans and Democrats has been extremely contentious. Besides the Democrats complaining that the impeachment was only about sex and not important, they could no longer compromise on the important issues of the day. The tactics of disparaging the character and good intentions with those they disagreed have left no room for civility, or as they often say in Congress, comity.

Enter Barack Hussein Obama on the national stage. We certainly had change. Anarchy became accepted by the Progressive Left as an expression of our First Amendment rights. (Remember Occupy Wall Street and the praise heaped on them by such icons as Nancy Pelosi.) With President Obama’s mantra of calling for “redistributive change” and “You didn’t build that,” the Communists and Socialists of this country knew it was their time to come out of the closet and make their rage and voices heard. Willful ignorance left them unaware of the human and economic tragedies that always occur in Communist/Socialist countries. Remember that the intolerant left of Communists and Socialists are simply opposite sides of a double-tailed coin. President Obama’s rush to judgment in blaming law enforcement first when injuries or death occurred in confrontations with black law breakers came without apology, even after the facts exonerated the police. This coincided with the unleashing of rage in the black communities, often sponsored by professional agitators funded by the far left. Anarchy became an accepted tool. Protesters became the new black and brown shirts. Leftist intolerance has even led to suppressing the freedom of speech for conservatives, driven by social media and violent organized protesters. Unfortunately, that practice has continued. The progressive left began looking much more like the Nazis and Fascists than any conservative.

In January 2017, the Trump era began. While being the constant center of attacks and staged protests by the left, President Trump (the tweeter-in-chief) has managed to put through policies that most believe are the source of the great economic explosion that we are currently experiencing. Despite the demonstrated collapse of socialist Venezuela and the success that President Trump has stimulated, the Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s of the world continue to praise Socialism and attack the American idea of a limited government and a free market economy. A recent study by the University of Chicago has shown that 45 percent of millennials have a favorable view of socialism. Most millennials would argue that despite our tremendous success, capitalism has failed us and should be thrown out as our economic model. They believe that it is immoral, out of control, harmful to the people and is only about greed. If our country is to continue to prosper, we must find a way to educate our rising generation. The enlightened self-interest of ethical capitalism has allowed us to have the most prosperous and comfortable society in the history of the world.

I fear that the cycle of political hate and discord is about to explode with an attempt to impeach a duly elected president. Accusations of Trump/Russian collusion are now mostly silent. Forgotten are the arguments of exonerating President Clinton because it was only about sex with his intern while in office. Now, Trumps pre-election sexual exploits are ample reason for impeachment. Special Counsel Mueller has convinced Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen to plead guilty to cutting a check to porn star Stormy Daniels. Cohen believed he had violated a Federal Election Code thinking it was an in-kind donation. I have been a candidate for federal office twice. Based on my experience in dealing with the FEC, I agree with renowned Constitutional Attorneys Democrat Alan Dershowitz and Conservative Mark Levin, who have stated that there is no there, there. No one can say what crime was committed. Non-disclosure agreements are legal. As a candidate, the amount of his own money Trump donates to his campaign has no restrictions. Even if it was a violation, his campaign treasurer and lawyer have the responsibility to inform the candidate of a possible violation and to refuse to cut the check. Therefore, the only person who broke the law, if a violation was committed, was Michael Cohen.

Unfortunately, it now looks like the leftist Democrats, who consistently have tried to make law in the courts when they can’t in the legislature, are now trying to overturn an election by resorting to a bogus impeachment. They cry out, “Let slip the dogs of war” against our Constitutional Republican form of limited government. Remember the words of Lincoln.

Bad Boys and Girls

| Police Blotter | August 24, 2018

A 34-year-old parts manager from Colorado Springs was arrested for unlawful mail theft. And a 53-year-old assistant manager from Castaic was arrested for terrorizing/causing fear.

A 55-year-old tow truck driver from Los Angeles was brought up on charges of battery.

Two caregivers were arrested this week: a 28-year-old from San Bernardino was arrested for residential burglary and a 39-year-old from Gardena was brought up on charges of conspiracy to commit any crime.

A 49-year-old self-employed Saugus resident was arrested for battery against a former spouse, and a 46-year-old self-employed Newhall resident was booked for corporal injury on a spouse/cohabitant.

A 67-year-old Canyon Country resident was arrested for battery on PO/emergency personnel without injury.

DUI’s with prior arrests include:
35-year-old travel advisor from Santa Clarita
30-year-old chef from Newhall
55-year-old unemployed Palmdale resident
20-year-old lot associate from Canyon Country
24-year-old salesman from Long Beach
24-year-old substitute teacher from Palmdale
27-year-old cashier from Newhall
37-year-old landscaper from California City
27-year-old salesman from Newhall
43-year-old electrician from Glendale

Charges of possession of a controlled substance went to:

25-year-old car washer from Palmdale
26-year-old caregiver from Palmdale
34-year-old Palmdale resident
26-year-old caregiver from Palmdale
29-year-old unemployed Lancaster resident
23-year-old unemployed Saugus resident
24-year-old caregiver from Newhall

Did Your Constitutional Right to Bail Just Get Voted Away?

| Police Blotter | August 23, 2018

Just this week, SB10 – California’s Bail Reform Law, has passed the State Assembly and now goes back to the Senate to decide whether or not they want to send it to the Governor’s desk. The bill passed by the bare minimum that senate rules allow, and the very same day voting took place, several previous backers of the bill pulled their support. Among those is the American Civil Liberties Union, saying that recent changes to the bill gave too much power to judges to decide who does and does not deserve to be freed while they await their court date.

These decisions, the ACLU claims, open doors wide open for several forms of discrimination, including racial, sex, gender, etc. – all of which currently permeate our criminal justice system at every level. Judges already have the power to reduce or even eliminate bail requirements for defendants who can’t afford to pay bail for their release. Those who aren’t deemed a threat to the community are either released or given a smaller bail amount.

A number of additional groups opposed to the bill’s passage, including the California Public Defender’s Association, that foresee more people being detained post-arrest after bail is eliminated. The bill only allows for the release of non-violent misdemeanor offenders, while most felony defendants and violent misdemeanor defendants will remain in jail without the possibility of ever getting out before their trial. Also, by removing the bail system entirely, the 8th Amendment of the United States Constitution is called into question. In the Amendment, it states that:

“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”

The wording of the 8th Amendment begs the questions: In mandating that excessive bail shall not be required, does it not also imply that bail is a right that citizens if the U.S. should have? Under current U.S. law, a person is “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law,” meaning that without the possibility of bail, innocent people will be held in jail until their case goes to trial (which can take several months, or even years) or until they’re forced to plead guilty to the crime (which they may not have committed) in an attempt to get out of jail. Wouldn’t jailing innocent people be considered “cruel and unusual punishment?”

If SB10 is signed into law, it’s going to change things significantly for our state, and it’s going to cost us a lot more. For example:

Will cost Calif. counties collectively $3.8 billion per year (Washington D.C. system costs $65 million with a population of only 670,000 people).
Counties will be forced to apply to the Commission on State Mandates for Cost Reimbursement. This process alone will take years to sort out and will put immense pressure on every county to first implement and outlay resources with a speculative chance at savings, only then to determine the net costs.
Will require every county to develop and staff a pretrial services department. The defendant cannot be charged any costs for services or ordered to reimburse the county, regardless of a defendant’s ability to pay.
Will crowd out funding for other county programs and agencies like the district attorney’s office, the public defender’s office, the sheriff’s office and mental health services.
More than triple the time that each person spends in jail pretrial because it completely eliminates a person’s right to post bail. Instead, every arrestee will languish in jail until that person’s case is reviewed by a judge.
Will significantly increase the number of fugitives within the state and warrants for their arrest. (Presently there are approx. 1.7 million warrants in the system, at a cost of $1775 per FTA (Research Report, Dallas County Texas 2014 Study calculates to over $3 billion.)
Persons accused of committing a violent crime, including some misdemeanors, will not be reviewed for release.
Will cause the incarceration of more pretrial defendants because it eliminates the bail schedule.
Cause the court to release high-risk defendants without bail – bail provides defendants a financial incentive to appear in court, along with friends and family that cosign on the bail bond.
Will take away the rights of the 300,000+ (Ca Bail Ins. Companies – PPIC May 2017 Pretrial Report) defendants who choose to bail out in CA each year (at no cost to the taxpayers)

Essentially, eliminating bail under SB10 will cause people to sit in jail even longer until a judge can personally review their case, take vital funds from an already budget-stretched police department, and it will put potentially violent offenders back on the street. Call your State Senator today to tell them you want them not to send SB10 to the governor. The police don’t like it, the ACLU doesn’t like it, the California Association of Judges doesn’t like it, and neither will you.

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