How Does One Go About Changining or Amending California Law?
May 17, 2012 5:12 PM Subscribe
A good friend of my wife lost her brother in a vehiclular hit and run. The accused was convicted of felony hit and run resulting in death. At sentencing it was discovered that felony hit and run resulting in DEATH falls under the same law/statue as felony hit and run resulting in INJURY and so the felon was sentenced to only four years in prison, three with good behavior.
posted by snsranch to Law & Government (27 answers total)
She wants to have this law changed so that perpetrator can be sentenced more appropriately. Simply put, so the penalty fits the crime.
I think that here in California, she can start a petition and if she gets enough signatures it will go to a state wide vote.
Is this true? If not, how can she go about changing this law?
FWIW, I cannot disclose or discuss anything more about the case. What we really need to know is how to pursue this endeavor.
Many thanks in advance!