News and Commentary – Santa Ana Criminal Defense
AB 12: An individual who is convicted of pimping or procuring a minor under the age of 16 for prostitution may be ordered by a court to pay an additional fine up to $5,000. The bill enacts the Abolition of Child Commerce, Exploitation, and Sexual Slavery Act of 2011, and requires that a person who is convicted of procuring the sexual services of a prostitute that is under 18 years of age, will be ordered to pay an additional fine up to $25,000.
AB 22: Consumer credit reports cannot be used by employers for determining a hire or promotion of an employee, managerial positions that requires dealing with bank accounts are exempt.
AB 144: You will be charged with a misdemeanor if you carry an exposed and unloaded handgun in any public area.
AB 183: Buying Alcohol from self-checkout stands in supermarkets will be prohibited.
AB 353: Police may no longer impound a vehicle at sobriety checkpoints if a driver’s only offense is not carrying their license.
AB 469: The Wage Theft Protection Act creates penalties for employers that knowledgeably steal wages from employees. Additionally, all employers are required to provide hourly or commission pay rates to workers in writing. Any compensation or change in wages must be supplied within 7 days.
AB 1601: Courts will be able to revoke an individual’s driver’s license for up to 10 years if they have three (3) or more DUIs inside a 10-year period.
SB 514: Selling any product that contains “dextromethorphan” to a minor is illegal.
SB 929: Children up to 8 years old and measure less than 4’9” in stature are required to use a child safety seat when riding in a car. An infraction is punishable by a fine of no more than twenty dollars ($20) for a first offense, and a fine, including all penalty assessments and court costs imposed on the convicted person, of not more than fifty dollars ($50) for each subsequent offense.
You may download a list of the new 2012 laws for the State of California in PDF format at: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pdf/BillsEnactedReport2011.pdf