A number of bills signed into law would have an impact on criminal offenses and the courts.
Among these was a measure (House Bill 3744) that would give judges greater flexibility to order electronic monitoring in domestic violence cases, even if an order of protection has not been issued.
Another bill would provide an exemption from prosecution for soliciting a sex act, if the person is younger than 18. Senate Bill 3558 is part of an ongoing effort to address sex trafficking involving minors and treat young persons forced into prostitution as victims.
In an effort to reduce misidentification in police lineups, House Bill 802 would require new procedures, including preventing the person administering the lineup from knowing the identity of the suspect and prohibiting anyone who knows the suspected perpetrators identity from participating in the lineup, aside from the witness and the defendants’ counsel.
The use of ignition interlock devices that test a person’s breath alcohol before a car can be started, would be expanded under House Bill 4304 to include cases where the person did not injure anyone other than themselves in the accident that prompted the restriction.
And in order to help prevent financial or other abuse of the disabled, Senate Bill 3538 would add to the false personation statute, anyone who knowingly and falsely represents themselves as the legal guardian of a disabled person.