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Supreme Court: Reverse Firearm Enhancement

People v. Tirado Docket: S257658, Opinion Date: January 20, 2022. The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the court of appeal affirming the decision of the trial court to sentence Defendant to three years for robbery with a twenty-five-years-to-life enhancement under Cal. Penal Code 12022.53(d), holding that the trial court erred in denying Defendant's motion to strike. A jury convicted Defendant of second degree robbery, assault with a semiautomatic firearm, and driving under the influence. The jury found true the firearm use enhancements on the robbery and assault counts. Before sentencing, Defendant moved under Cal. Penal Code 12022.53(h) to strike the firearm enhancement under section 12022.53(d). The court denied Defendant's motion. On appeal, Defendant argued that the trial court abused its discretion because it was unaware that it could strike the enhancement at issue and then impose a lesser enhancement under either section 12022.53(b) or (c). The court of appeal affirmed, concluding that the trial court could not strike the enhancement and substitute a different unalleged enhancement. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the Legislature has permitted courts to impose a section 12022.53(b) or (c) penalty when only a section 12022.53(d) enhancement is charged and found true. #firearmenhancement #courtdiscretion #motiontostrike

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