California Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill (SB) 1437 into law on September 30, 2018. This bill changed murder laws in the state by placing a limit on who can be prosecuted for felony murder. The case of People vs. Sanchez F076838, SB-1437 was successfully used in a case of attempted murder with the prohibition of natural and probable consequence theory. Legal professionals can employ a skilled private investigator to identify factors that may help to qualify a person for relief under this bill.
When SB-1437 passed, it made compelling changes to Penal Code sections 188 and 189. A significant change was made by ending the role of the doctrine of “natural and probable consequences” as it applies to murder cases. This has effectively made it more difficult for individuals to be convicted of felony murder. It has also allowed many inmates convicted of this crime to seek resentencing for a lesser sentence.
The court may consider the following factors in determining whether an individual acted as a major participant in a crime.
This means that certain participants, such as an individual who drove a getaway car, may be able to apply for resentencing.
When the court decides on whether an individual acted with “reckless indifference to human life,” they may consider the following factors.
An example of a crime that isn’t likely to be considered “reckless endangerment to human life” is one in which an individual participated in a robbery but believed the gun wasn’t loaded.
There are several instances in which an individual may be resentenced under SB-1437, including the following.
Any individual who could have been charged with the crime of murder under its current definition is not eligible for resentencing.
For an individual to win their SB-1437 application, an appeals attorney needs to file a petition declaring their eligibility for resentencing with the court in which they were sentenced.
This petition must include the year the individual was sentenced, as well as their court case number and any necessary materials and supporting arguments. The attorney must then serve the petition on the attorney who represented the individual in their criminal trial and the district attorney.
The petition must establish that the individual is eligible to be resentenced by providing legal arguments, facts, and proof of the claim. New evidence may also be introduced to support the petition.
If the court determines the individual is eligible for resentencing, they will schedule a hearing. At this hearing, the onus to establish that the individual should not be resentenced is on the prosecutor. If the prosecutor fails or agrees that the individual is eligible to be resentenced, the judge will order a resentencing. SB-1437 also allows an individual to be resentenced if the court determined they were not a major participant in the crime when they were originally sentenced.
When an appeals attorney petitions for a client to be resentenced under SB-1437, evidence is crucial to prove their client’s eligibility for resentencing. Amatrix Investigations is the private investigation firm lawyers turn to in the Los Angeles area to help them get the proof they need. Visit our website today to learn more.