Theft Sentences

The Supreme Court of California ruled that Proposition 47, which reclassified felony offenses of theft of property worth less than $950 as misdemeanors, extends to the unlawful taking or driving of a vehicle. The ruling resolves a question as to whether there is a distinction that would grant sentencing relief to defendants who took vehicles permanently but deny relief to defendants who took vehicles temporarily, finding there is not.

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Towing in Chicago

A elderly, disabled resident of Chicago has plausibly claimed the city has an unconstitutional policy of towing allegedly abandoned vehicles before providing any notice by mail, a federal court in Illinois ruled. The city left a sticker on the woman’s van warning her to move it within a week. It was moved within that time frame but the city’s towing vendor still towed and impounded it. Before she could retrieve it, the city sold the van to the towing vendor, who sold it to a salvage yard where it was stripped and crushed. 

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