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AB-2080 Stolen or embezzled property: description.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/05/2020 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 2080


Introduced by Assembly Member Megan Dahle

February 05, 2020


An act to amend Section 1413 of the Penal Code, relating to property crimes.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 2080, as introduced, Megan Dahle. Stolen or embezzled property: description.
Existing law requires a peace officer to hold property alleged to have been stolen or embezzled when the property comes into the custody of the officer. Existing law requires the clerk or person in charge of the property section for the police or sheriff’s department to enter in a suitable book a description of every article of property alleged to be stolen or embezzled that has been brought into the office or taken from the person of a prisoner.
This bill would state that the clerk or person in charge of the property section may enter that description in a computer database.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NO   Local Program: NO  

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 1413 of the Penal Code is amended to read:

1413.
 (a) The clerk or person having in charge of the property section for any police department in any incorporated city or town, or for any sheriff’s department in any county, shall enter in a suitable book or computer database a description of every article of property alleged to be stolen or embezzled, and embezzled that has been brought into the office or taken from the person of a prisoner, prisoner and shall attach a number to each article, article and make a corresponding entry thereof. He for each article. The clerk or person in charge of the property section may engrave or imbed embed an identification number in property described in Section 537e for the purposes thereof. of that section.
(b) (1) The clerk or person in charge of the property section may, upon satisfactory proof of the ownership of property held pursuant to Section 1407, and upon presentation of proper personal identification, deliver it to the owner. Such That delivery shall be without prejudice to the state or to the person from whom custody of the property was taken or to any other person who may have a claim against the property. Prior to such that delivery such the clerk or person in charge of the property section shall make and retain a complete photographic record of such the property. The person to whom property is delivered shall sign, under penalty of perjury, a declaration of ownership, which shall be retained by the clerk or person in charge of the property section. This subdivision shall does not apply to any property subject to forfeiture under any provision of law. This subdivision shall does not apply unless the clerk or person in charge of the property section has served upon the person from whom custody of the property was taken a notice of a claim of ownership and a copy of the satisfactory proof of ownership tendered and has allowed such that person reasonable opportunity to be heard as to why the property should not be delivered to the person claiming ownership.

If

(2) If the person upon whom a notice of claim and proof of ownership has been served does not respond asserting a claim to the property within 15 days from the date of receipt of the service, the property may be disposed of in a manner not inconsistent with the provisions of this section.
(c) The magistrate before whom the complaint is laid, or who examines the charge against the person accused of stealing or embezzling the property, or the court before which a trial is had for stealing or embezzling it, shall upon application by the person from whom custody of the property was taken, review the determination of the clerk or person in charge of the property section, and may order the property taken into the custody of the court upon a finding that the person to whom the property was delivered is not entitled thereto. Such to the property. The court shall make its determination in the same manner as a determination is made when the matter is before the court pursuant to Sections 1408 to 1410, inclusive.
(d) The clerk or person in charge of the property section is not liable in damages for any official action performed hereunder in good faith. in good faith pursuant to this section.