2016 California Code
Penal Code - PEN
CHAPTER 2.96 - Deferral of Sentencing Pilot Program
Section 1001.94.

CA Penal Code § 1001.94 (2016) What's This?

1001.94. (a) There is hereby established in the County of Los Angeles the Deferral of Sentencing Pilot Program.

(b) A judge in the superior court of the County of Los Angeles may, at his or her discretion and over the objection of a prosecuting attorney, defer sentencing a defendant who has submitted a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a misdemeanor pursuant to this chapter. Sentencing may be deferred for a period not to exceed 12 months, and the judge may order the defendant to comply with terms, conditions, or programs that the judge deems appropriate based on the defendant s specific situation.

(c) A defendant may make a motion for imposition of diversion pursuant to this section.

(d) This chapter shall apply to first-time misdemeanor defendants, except as provided in Section 1001.98, in order to reduce the stigma that is often associated with a criminal record and to increase the likelihood that a defendant will be able to obtain employment.

(e) This chapter shall not be construed to preempt any current or future diversion programs. Nothing in this chapter is intended to limit the rights of a victim under Section 28 of Article I of the California Constitution.

(f) It is the intent of the Legislature that no new diversion programs are created, and that judges shall order a defendant, for whom judgment is deferred, to complete the same obligations that would have been imposed had judgment been entered. The only difference between this chapter and current practice is that under this chapter judgment will not be entered.

(Added by Stats. 2014, Ch. 732, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2015. Repealed as of January 1, 2018, pursuant to Section 1001.99.)

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