SB 543 (Block): Petty theft: enhancements for prior convictions (Fact Sheet)
Currently, if a defendant is convicted three or more times of petty theft, grand theft, auto theft, burglary, carjacking, or robbery, and then later commits petty theft, the subsequent petty theft crime may be punished as a felony. Existing law fails to list crimes of theft from an elder or dependent adult as a prior qualifying offense.
WHAT SB 543 DOES
Adds “theft from an elder or dependent adult” as a qualifying prior crime for purposes of sentencing enhancements. Upholds the safety, wellbeing, and financial assets of seniors age 65 and older and dependent adults.
WHAT SB 543 DOES NOT DO
Does not create a new crime. SB 543 seeks to establish that crimes against elders or dependent adults are treated in the same manner as other qualifying priors.
San Diego County District Attorney (sponsor), California Commission on Aging, California District Attorneys Association, California State Sheriffs’ Association, County of San Diego, County Welfare Directors Association of California, Crime Victims Action Alliance, and Senior Community Centers. No opposition.
Due to rising convictions for crimes against seniors, Penal Code 368 was amended in 2011 to increase misdemeanor fines for theft, embezzlement, forgery, or fraud, and identity theft and identity crimes against an elder or dependent adult.
CONTACT GOVERNOR JERRY BROWN
Phone: (916) 445-2841; Tweet @JerryBrownGov;
State Capitol, Suite 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814