The Decriminalizing Artistic Expression Act, AB 2799: California Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill limiting the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal proceedings.

“Today, we celebrate an important victory for music creators in the state of California. Silencing any genre or form of artistic expression is a violation of all music people. The history that’s been made in California today will help pave the way forward in the fight to protect creative freedom nationwide,” Harvey Mason Jr., CEO of the Recording Academy, said in a statement on Friday.

The SAFE-T Act: An Overview

On January 1st, 2023, the SAFE-T Act will go into effect in the state of Illinois, making it the first state in the United States to abolish cash bail. The SAFE-T Act is an acronym for ‘Safety, Accountability, Fairness, and Equity-Today’. The act is intended to reduce arrests and limit those put away based on the crime. Here is an overview of what the act entails.

Assault By Means Likely To Produce “GBI” | PC 245(A)(4)

Penal Code 245 A)(4) PC makes it a crime in California for a person to commit an assault. To do so using force that is likely to produce great bodily injury. If charged as a misdemeanor, one can face imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000. If charged as a felony, a person can face imprisonment in the state prison for two, three, or four years. 

Assault

California has some of the toughest laws and punishment for a conviction of a violent crime. A conviction of a violent crime can result from a charge by the prosecutor of either a misdemeanor or a felony. A conviction can result in jail or prison time, fines, full restitution to the victim, probation or parole, […]