Los Angeles officials ask to dismiss more than 1 million minor infractions before the courts

Archive / J. Emilio Flores / La Opinion

Los Angeles public safety officials announced Wednesday that they will focus on more serious crimes and absolve minor infractions of five years or more ago in an effort to "unblock" the judicial system.

The lawyer of the city of Los Angeles, Mike Feuer, Los Angeles County District Attorney, Jackie lacey, and the Los Angeles police chief, Michel Moore, they made the announcement that they will look in court dismiss “bad and minor appointments” and focus the application on more serious crimes.

"We are taking action with our law enforcement partners today to focus on the most important public security issues, help address the root causes of poverty and homelessness and conserve court resources," said Feuer.

Lacey said people facing fines for low-level nonviolent crimes rThey will get a second chance to pay them.

"This postponement will help people struggling with homelessness and other types of economic challenges," Lacey said. "Most importantly, we hope to have an impact that benefits the court and allows us to reallocate limited resources."

Both the city attorney and the district attorney filed motions for suspend fines and fees for minor infractions.

The motions would absolve more than 1 million pending appointments, the oldest of which dates from 1981, said the City Attorney's Office.

Thousands of minor crime cases iThey involve defendants who do not appear in court, and since the implementation of the Fugitive Minor Crime Recovery Program in late August, seven defendants have been arrested for crimes related to domestic violence with traumatic conditions, criminal threats, child abuse and more, according to the City Attorney's Office.


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