If Ben Shapiro and other like-minded people are looking for yet another excuse to leave California, a new bill making its way through the Golden State legislature may do the trick. The legislators in Sacramento have been on a bit of a run lately, passing one bad bill after another, making the state a less-affordable place to live and compromising the safety of its citizens. Assembly Bill 3234 appears to fall into the latter category. If passed into law, it would allow people convicted of a wide range of fairly serious crimes to avoid jail time altogether and have their offenses wiped from their record if the judge in their case offers them a chance to complete a “diversionary program” aimed at rehabilitating them. (CBS News)
AB 3234 includes a long list of crimes where offenders could be offered diversion programs by judges to avoid a criminal record – and avoid jail time.
AB 3234 would allow charges to be dismissed after completion of the program, erasing criminal behavior from the record, lawyers say.
On the list of serious crimes: statutory rape, sexual assault on a minor 14 years or older, hate crime, elder abuse, and vehicular manslaughter.
For some reason, the CBS report focuses primarily on how the bill would affect DUI cases. But we’re not talking about simple instances of people failing a breathalyzer test at a checkpoint. They highlight instances where impaired drivers injure or kill someone in an accident. That’s certainly a serious matter, but AB 3234 would cover the resultant negligent homicide charge more than the DUI itself. California law enforcement officials are already unhappy with that aspect of the potential law, saying that if the driver’s record is wiped clean, the courts would be unable to establish a pattern of behavior if the suspect goes on to commit the same offense again.