L.A. County D.A., George Gascón eliminates bail, remakes sentencing rules

George Gascón embarked Monday on a plan to reimagine criminal prosecutions in Los Angeles County, announcing sweeping policy changes he’ll make as district attorney that include an end to cash bail, a ban on prosecutors seeking enhanced prison sentences and showing leniency to many low-level offenders.

The misdemeanor charges specified below shall be declined or dismissed before arraignment and
without conditions unless “exceptions” or “factors for consideration” exist.* 

  • Trespass – Penal Code § 602(a)-(y)
  • Disturbing The Peace – Penal Code § 415(1)-(3)
  • Driving Without A Valid License – Vehicle Code § 12500(a)-(e)
  • Driving On A Suspended License – Vehicle Code § 14601.1(a)
  • Criminal Threats – Penal Code § 422
  • Drug & Paraphernalia Possession – Health & Safety Code §§ 11350, 11357, 11364, & 11377
  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol – Business & Professions § 25662(a)
  • Drinking in Public – Los Angeles County Municipal Code §13.18.010
  • Under the Influence of Controlled Substance – Health & Safety Code § 11550
  • Public Intoxication – Penal Code § 647(f)
  • Loitering – Penal Code § 647(b),(c), (d), (e)
  • Loitering To Commit Prostitution – Penal Code § 653.22(a)(1)
  • Resisting Arrest – Penal Code § 148(a)

* These charges do not constitute an exhaustive list.