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Sacramento Lobby Day (Feb 11) Details Revealed

ACSOL will conduct Lobby Day on Tuesday, February 11, in Sacramento. The day will begin with training at 9 a.m. at a “new” address, 500 Capitol Mall, and will end about 5 p.m. All participants are invited to attend a group dinner, funded by ACSOL, following at 5:30 p.m.

“The primary focus of this year’s Lobby Day will be proposed changes to the Tiered Registry Law,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “There is a lack of logic and reason to the assignment of individuals convicted of non-contact, non-violent offenses to Tier 3, the highest tier, which requires lifetime registration.”

Lobby Day will include meetings in the offices of all members of the Public Safety Committees in both the Assembly and the Senate as well as members elected to those bodies last year. Individuals who participate in Lobby Day will be assigned to a team led by an individual who has participated in past lobbying efforts. ACSOL will provide team members with a folder of information, including talking points.

“It is important for us to both thank state legislators for passage of a Tiered Registry Law as well as to identify necessary improvements to that law,” stated ACSOL President Chance Oberstein. “We look forward to the participation of individuals required to register as well as their families and those who support them professionally.”

If you plan to participate in or have questions about the Lobby Day, please send an email to iwillshowup@all4consolaws.org

 

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  1. TP

    I am thankful for this work but I am troubled to read this as the appearance is that you will only be lobbying for the reduction of CP offenses to non tier 3. What about the rest of us with non-violent type offenses? What about also planting the seeds to start to attempt to remove the registry all together, while still advocating for small changes? Will the speaking points include education to the officials about all the detrimental effects of the registry on not only RSOs and their families, plus how ineffective it is as a whole?

    I guess I want to see more steps taken forward to get rid of the whole thing rather than just asking for CP offenses not to be lifetime registration.

    • Jm

      I am under the impression that misdemeanor CP offenses are Tier 1. Did that change?

      • NPS

        After January 1, 2014: All CP offenses are straight felonies. If anyone is convicted (311.11) before that date, get your 17b now, file the 1203.4

        If it’s been 7+ years, file the CoR before January 1, 2021.

        As to your question about misdemeanor CP being tier 1…all misdemeanors are Tier 1.

        • Jm

          My conviction is a misdemeanor 311.11a from November 2014. It was charged originally as a felony and reduced as part of a plea deal. Sounds like 10 years post conviction I can apply to be removed and nothing else sooner the way I understand it as 1203.4 isn’t an option after January 1st, 2014.

        • js

          In August 2017 I was charged with a felony 311.11(a) in downtown Los Angeles. Sentenced to 5 years formal probation, 90 days community labor (Caltrans), 52 Sex Offender Therapy classes, and public listing on website. October 2019 I got the charge reduced to misdemeanor via 17b. They kept me on informal probation for the duration of the 5 years. As of about a week ago, I am no longer on the public website. Now working to get removed from all the aftermarket sites that use the Megan’s List.

    • SR

      “Non-violent” in legal speak doesn’t mean the same as it does in the regular world. There are several offenses that are considered “violent” even if you’ve never actually had contact with the victim (I believe my offense of 311.4 is one such, even though I never actually touched my victim during my up-skirt offense, and even my Static-99 reflects it as such as I received a +1 point specifically because it was non-contact) . I’m also not sure why you think ACSOL is only focusing on CP? The quote above clearly states they’re going after all non-contact, non-violent offenses to be moved down. The original bill was going to place majority of first-time offenders into T1. T2 was going to be serious contact offenses and some repeat offenses. And T3 was supposed to only include the worst of the worst.

      • @SR

        PC 311.4 is not among the felonies listed in “violent felony” or “serious felony”.

        • SR

          That’s good to know. I’m always glad to be wrong about something like this. Maybe I’m thinking they had it marked at such in the Welfare part of the law in regards to whom they can exclude from financial aid? Or maybe in one of places in regards to civil lawsuits? I swear I’ve seen it marked as such somewhere.

          What about 647.6a misdemeanor?

    • Janice Bellucci

      @TP – It appears that there is confusion regarding the focus of Lobby Day. Please let me explain. As stated above, we fill focus on proposed changes to the Tiered Registry Law. Those changes will include, but not be limited to, those convicted of CP offenses. We took a similar position last year including creation of a possible “off-ramp” for anyone assigned to Tier 3. Because Lobby Day is more than a month away, we don’t have the point paper finalized. We invite anyone who is seeking a change to the Tiered Registry Law to share that change with us as a new comment to this article.

      • dh

        Shall we concentrate on CP folks and do 288’s at a later date? Majority ARE 288 a (b)1’s (older CPC)

        • Bill

          How does CA classify Federal Conspiracy CP charges like U.S.C. 2252A (a), (b)(1), (b)(2) which is a Class C Felony?

          Does CA law have an equivalent for this? Will that make it a Tier 1 or 3?

        • Alienated

          I might be wrong but it appears if one has a 288(C) and they were ten years older than victim it is automatically Tier 3.

        • TP

          Am I istaken but isnt a 288b1 the use of force or fear? I dont see that being an easy argument to win in getting the tier reduced because of the force aspect.

  2. Jm

    Where can we find more info on the proposed changes including what types of convictions would potentially now be tier 3?

    • Eric

      JM…if you are in San Diego this Saturday then come to the ACSOL meeting for all the latest updates.

  3. KM

    Lobby to put back the Megan’s Law exclusion for misdemeanor offenses!

  4. Harry

    I think I will be able to come down this time, It appears, I will have those days off from work.

  5. Armchair Activist

    Is there some better way to combat cp than more punishment? If so, we ought to frame our argument so. I think from their point of view, simply saying it’s not that bad of an offense is not going to make much of an impression.

  6. Alienated

    Does anyone have a 288(c) and the difference in age was greater than 10 years?
    It appears to be a Tier 3 but I am not positive.
    Just curious

    • TP

      I do, although I maintain my innocence, but that’s besides the point.

      I understand it as a felony is Tier 3, and a misdemeanor is a Tier 1.

    • Mr. D

      @Alienated – I do as well. Please keep in mind that a 288c is a “wobbler” offense so you have the ability to have it reduced to a misdemeanor which I strongly encourage you to pursue.

      I was quite fortunate to not only have my charge reduced to a misdemeanor but I was also able to have it dismissed/expunged via 1203.4; I have spoken with a few attorneys regarding my expected Tier level and have gotten responses ranging from Tier 1 to Tier 2. That being said I don’t believe anyone truly knows and I will likely have to wait until I receive my letter from the DOJ next year.

      • TP @ Mr D

        How did you get a 288c expunged? I thought all 288’s were exempt from expungement.

        • Mr. D

          @TP – You are correct as it relates to 288C and it being exempt from expungement. That being said my attorney took a chance and filed for dismissal via 1203.4 and the DA did not oppose and the Judge granted it. Please keep in mind this was over 15 years ago and at that point in time there is a strong likelihood that those involved may have not understood what was eligible and what was not for dismissal. That being said every attorney that I spoke with said it would be advantageous for anyone with that charge to take it vantage of the wobbler component and reduce it to a misdemeanor as it should help your Tier evaluation if you have not had any additional or subsequent charges and or convictions.

      • Q

        What gives you the idea that misdemeanor 288(c) is not Tier 3?

        • Alienated

          I think a 288c Felony (10 years or Greater) Reduced, expunged and or COR is a
          tier 3 by reading the Bill as amended today.

        • Mr. D

          @alienated – I have spoken to a number of attorney’s and they have all said a 288c (especially a misdemeanor) is either Tier 1 or 2. That being said until we get feedback from the DOJ it is likely a crapshoot.

  7. alienated

    @ Mr. D I pray you are right, and mine was reduced Hopefully this will fly.

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