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.

PC 666 – Petty Theft With A Prior

If you have been charged with a theft offense and there has been an additional petty theft with a prior allegation, it is very important that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney right away, because this could result in potential prison time.  Penal Code 666 PC is the California statute that defines the […]

Theft Crimes

Sometimes referred to as larceny, theft covers a broad range of property crimes in California. The criminal classification of theft, and the sentencing that results, is largely dependent upon the nature of what was stolen. If the value of the stolen property is in excess of $950, the crime is classified as grand theft. If the value of the stolen property is less than $950, the crime is classified as petty theft. The Law Office of Albert Perez Jr can help you understand the charges you face and explain the various options available to you.