Do Victims or Cops “Press Charges?”

There is a misconception that the victim of a crime or the police “press charges.”  In reality, the only people who can actually press charges in the criminal realm are prosecutors (and grand juries more rarely in CA).  The victim doesn’t choose to press charges and...

Felon With a Firearm Law

The right to own and possess firearms in the United States (and California) is not absolute.  One way to lose your gun rights is to be convicted of a felony offense anywhere in the United States.   California Penal Code section 29800 makes it a felony offense for any...

MIP Convictions & Deterrence in Butte

In Butte County, punishment through fines and license suspension for the crime of being a minor in possession are imposed rather than diversion and education.  The choice to utilize these consequences can be assumed to be for their deterrent value.  For many years,...