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New Law Will Help Many Lawful Residents Avoid Automatic Deportation

On Wednesday, July 3, 2014, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1310, which will help lawful residents avoid automatic deportation for some Misdemeanors.

Federal law currently defines a misdemeanor as any crime punishable for 364 days or less in jail, and it defines a felony as any crime with a potential sentence of one year or more in jail. California law, however, defined a misdemeanor as a crime punishable for up to one year in jail. This definitional conflict caused significant deportation issues for misdemeanor offenders in California. Specifically, federal law can impose automatic deportation for any felony offense. Many California Misdemeanors fell into the federal

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New Law Will Help Many Lawful Residents Avoid Automatic Deportation

On Wednesday, July 3, 2014, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 1310, which will help lawful residents avoid automatic deportation for some Misdemeanors.

Federal law currently defines a misdemeanor as any crime punishable for 364 days or less in jail, and it defines a felony as any crime with a potential sentence of one year or more in jail. California law, however, defined a misdemeanor as a crime punishable for up to one year in jail. This definitional conflict caused significant deportation issues for misdemeanor offenders in California. Specifically, federal law can impose automatic deportation for any felony offense. Many California Misdemeanors fell into the federal

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