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Attorney Kirk Tarman Explains The Recent Changes In The Drug Sentencing Laws In California

Attorney Kirk Tarman Explains The Recent Changes In The Drug Sentencing Laws In California

Kirk Tarman– Criminal Defense Attorney – San Bernardino County, CA

“Drugs, have gone down dramatically. In regard to the sentencing. Used to be like crystal meth, if you had personal use, you would be looking at criminal convictions from a misdemeanor to a felony. Cocaine, up to couple of years ago, even if you had personal use levels of cocaine, just a little bit of it, you was always going to be a felon, no matter what.

And now recently there’s been a plethora, just a bunch of really good, what are called diversion laws, which is that you don’t even get a conviction, you get a dismissal. If you do something appropriate, like a drug rehabilitation, or if you do some community service, the DA and/or, in this case, the Judges, they’ll dismiss those cases. Almost all of the drug cases are going in that diversionary avenue.”

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