California Witness Dissuasion Plea Offers An Immigration-Safe Alternative Disposition, Especially In Domestic Violence Cases

By Norton Tooby


            A plea to simple witness dissuasion, in violation of California Penal Code § 136.1(b), does not trigger deportation under any ground, at least if there is no sentence imposed of one year or more in custody, whether or not execution is suspended.  See generally N. Tooby & J. Rollin, Safe Havens: How to Identify and Construct Non-Deportable Convictions (2005)(updated monthly on



Sep 2010