Judiciary of San Andreas
The San Andreas Penal Code has received a new aspect that will need to be thoroughly explained to the community in order to understand how it works, the effects it's going to have on characters, and the intentions of the change. This new aspect is referred to as the "points based system," which is limited to non-mandatory felony charges. This system is based on the three-strike system present in some states including California, modified to suit our purpose. The idea of the system, is to make felonies on the server actually have real repercussions to characters and aren't just simply upgraded misdemeanor offenses. Felonies are huge deals in life, and getting them should be no simple matter to just laugh at unless you are going for a truly serious criminal character engaged in that lifestyle. And thus, the point system is intended to ensure that idea becomes a reality as characters that are subjected to it after a certain point will receive a life imprisonment/death penalty sentence. It is our hope, that this will encourage more concealment of higher level crimes, and actually induce more fear into habitual offenders who commit felonies in order to make for a more realistic atmosphere.
Point System Details & Practical Application
In order to understand how the system works, you must first understand how it applies on a single charge. For an example, we will take the felony non-mandatory court charge of Discharging a Firearm in Public, which is classed as a A, B, or C level crime. Each classification of that crime will have it's own number of points assigned to it which is what will be charged. Here is an example:
Discharging a Firearm in Public
- Class A - 4
- Class B - 3
- Class C - 2
This means that if you receive a Class C Discharging a Firearm in Public charge, you will only get two points added onto your overall record and will go through normal arrest procedure. And if you receive another felony non-mandatory court charge, the same principle will apply.
The maximum amount of points you will allowed to get to, is going to be set at 35. Meaning if you get 35 points, you will receive a mandatory court trial, and may be sentenced to life imprisonment/death. If you receive a life imprisonment, there may be options made in the Dept of Corrections parole system to possibly allow your character back out on the streets at a certain point if that is what you desire to roleplay.
Points will be allowed to be seen via criminal record requests submitted to the Department of Justice on their forums if asked, so that you may keep track of these points, however once you receive these points unless you are declared to be not guilty in a court trial on what you are accused of the points will remain on your record permanently just as the felony charges do as of current.
For the first month or so of this implementation, it will serve as a trial run. If you have any questions or concerns with the system you are welcome to message @T. McGaw | DHS 1101 in order to provide more thorough explanations. Thank you for reading.