SB 1110, as amended, Jackson. Arraignment: military and veteran status: forms.
Existing law requires, when a defendant is brought before a magistrate upon arrest, on a charge of having committed a public offense, the magistrate to immediately inform the defendant of the charge against him or her and the defendant’s right to counsel at every stage of the proceedings. Under existing law, if it appears that the defendant may be a minor, the magistrate is required to ascertain if that is the case and, if it is and the defendant meets specified requirements, to immediately notify the parent or guardian of the minor of the arrest or to appoint counsel to the minor.
This bill would require the magistrate, if the defendant is represented by counsel, to inquire as to the active duty or veteran status of the defendant and require specified actions if the defendant acknowledges military service, including filing Judicial Council
begin delete Form MIL-100end delete and transmitting the form to the county veterans services officer for confirmation of military service. The bill would provide that a defendant may decline to provide military service information without penalty. The bill would require, if the defendant is not represented by counsel, that the magistrate not make an inquiry into the defendant’s current or past military status, and that the court advise the defendant that certain current or former members of the United States military who meet certain qualifications are eligible for specific forms of restorative relief. The bill would also make technical changes.
Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: no. State-mandated local program: no.
The people of the State of California do enact as follows:
Section 858 of the Penal Code is amended to
(a) When the defendant first appears for arraignment on
4a charge of having committed a public offense, the magistrate shall
5immediately inform the defendant of the charge against him or
6her, and of his or her right to the aid of counsel in every stage of
8(b) If it appears that the defendant may be a minor, the
9magistrate shall ascertain whether that is the case, and if the
10magistrate concludes that it is probable that the defendant is a
11minor, and unless the defendant is a member of the Armed Forces
12of the United States and the offense charged is a misdemeanor, he
13or she shall immediately either notify the parent or guardian of the
14minor of the arrest or appoint counsel to represent the minor.
15(c) If the defendant is represented by counsel, the magistrate
16shall inquire as to the defendant’s active duty or veteran status in
17the United States military. The defendant may decline to provide
18that information without penalty. If the defendant acknowledges
19military service, Judicial Council
begin delete Form MIL-100end delete shall be filed by the defendant and
21served on the prosecuting attorney and defense counsel and may
22be used to determine eligibility for services pursuant to Section
231170.9. A copy of the form shall be transmitted to the county
24veterans services officer for confirmation of military service.
25(d) If the defendant appears without counsel, the magistrate
26shall not make an inquiry into the defendant’s current or past
27military status. The court shall advise the defendant that certain
28current or former members of the United States military who meet
P3 1certain qualifications are eligible for specific forms of restorative
2relief under the Penal Code.