California first enacted laws against human trafficking in 2005 and expanded those laws in 2008 and 2010. Proposition 35, which was passed by voters in November 2012, amends and expands the existing laws and will drastically affect anyone facing human trafficking-related charges.
The new law will make it easier to prosecute a human trafficking case by adding evidence code sections that allow additional evidence to be introduced against a defendant at trial, by increasing the list of sexual offenses covered by human trafficking laws (i.e. adding prostitution-related and pornography-related crimes) and by eliminating required elements and possible defenses such as consent by a minor and mistake of a minor’s age.
In addition, proposition 35 will increase the potential consequences and ultimate sentences for convictions of human trafficking laws. Courts will also be able to double prison terms under certain circumstances, add enhancements for great bodily injury and priory, and require a 15-to-life term when force, fear or fraud was used with minors.
With these new amendments and expansions, it is vital to hire an experienced human trafficking lawyer to navigate through this difficult area of law and avoid the dire sentencing laws.
Get the competent representation you will need for your defense. Wallin & Klarich has been handling Human Trafficking cases for decades. Contact the attorneys at Wallin & Klarich to represent you in this difficult and stressful time in your life. Feel free to call us at 877-466-5245. We will be there when you call.