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AB-2154 Criminal law: violations punishable in multiple ways.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/10/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2154


Introduced by Assembly Member Wicks

February 10, 2020


An act to amend Section 654 of the Penal Code, relating to criminal law.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2154, as introduced, Wicks. Criminal law: violations punishable in multiple ways.
Existing law requires an act or omission that is punishable in different ways by different laws to be punished under the law that provides for the longest possible term of imprisonment.
This bill, instead, would authorize an act or omission that is punishable in different ways by different laws to be punished under either of those provisions.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 654 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

654.
 (a) An act or omission that is punishable in different ways by different provisions of law shall be punished under the provision that provides for the longest potential term of imprisonment, may be punished under either of such provisions, but in no case shall the act or omission be punished under more than one provision. An acquittal or conviction and sentence under any one bars a prosecution for the same act or omission under any other.
(b) Notwithstanding subdivision (a), a defendant sentenced pursuant to subdivision (a) shall not be granted probation if any of the provisions that would otherwise apply to the defendant prohibits the granting of probation.