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Introduction to AB 256

In a significant move towards a more equitable criminal justice system, California introduced AB 256, a bill that allows individuals charged with or convicted of a crime to challenge their cases on the grounds of racial, ethnic, or national origin bias. Inland Empire Criminal Defense, rooted in Riverside and San Bernardino County communities, is committed to guiding and supporting individuals as they navigate the new legal avenues this legislation opens.

What is AB 256?

AB 256, known as the Racial Justice Act for All, expands the scope of legal defenses by permitting defendants and those already convicted to contest their charges or convictions if they believe racial bias played a role in the decision of their case. This progressive law acknowledges the pervasive impact of discrimination in the legal system and aims to provide a mechanism for addressing and rectifying it.

The Importance of Addressing Bias

Bias based on race, ethnicity, or national origin has long been documented in various stages of the criminal justice process, from arrest to sentencing. By allowing challenges on these grounds, AB 256 confronts these systemic issues directly, offering a pathway to justice for those who have been unfairly treated.

Key Provisions of AB 256

  1. Challenge to Convictions: Individuals can challenge their conviction or sentence if they provide evidence that bias influenced the outcome.
  2. Evidence of Discrimination: Defendants can present statistical, anecdotal, or other relevant evidence demonstrating that racial bias played a role in their case.
  3. Retrospective and Prospective Application: The law applies not only to future cases but also retroactively, meaning individuals previously convicted may seek new trials or sentencing hearings if they believe bias affected their cases.

Impact on Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

The enactment of AB 256 holds particular significance for the diverse populations of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, where disparities in the criminal justice system have profound impacts on communities. Inland Empire Criminal Defense is at the forefront of implementing this law, offering expertise and compassionate legal representation to those seeking to challenge their cases under AB 256.

Community and Legal Implications

AB 256 represents a critical step forward in the fight against systemic injustice within the legal framework. It necessitates a collaborative effort among legal professionals, community advocates, and individuals to effectively bring these challenges and ensure the law serves its intended purpose of promoting fairness and equality.


AB 256 opens a new chapter in the pursuit of justice, acknowledging the reality of bias in the criminal justice system and providing a means to address it. As this law unfolds, Inland Empire Criminal Defense is dedicated to upholding the rights of individuals in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, advocating for fairness and equality. For more information or legal support regarding AB 256 or related matters, please get in touch with us at 909-939-7126.

Need Legal Assistance?

If you believe that racial, ethnic, or national origin bias has affected your criminal case, Inland Empire Criminal Defense is here to help. Our firm is committed to leveraging the provisions of AB 256 to ensure your rights are protected and justice is served. Contact us at 909-939-7126 to discuss your case and explore the options available for challenging bias and discrimination in the legal system. We are here to support you through every step of your legal journey.

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