Description

The crime of Aiding a Suicide may be charged against a person who deliberately aids, or advises, or encourages another to commit suicide. Although terminally-ill people have the right to die under California’s physician-assisted suicide law, family members and friends may still not help family members who are in terrible pain die on their own terms. Examples of Aiding a Suicide are driving to the drug store to purchase a lethal dose of medications at the request of another person or participating in a suicide pact with another person and surviving.

What does the prosecutor have to prove?

1. A person attempted or committed suicide.
2. Defendant deliberately aided or advised or encouraged the person to commit suicide.

Punishment

Felony: 16months/2years/3years
With probation 0-364 days

 

Can this be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor (“wobbler”)?Yes
Is this charge a strike?Yes
Is this charge a “serious felony”Yes
Is this charge a “violent felony”Yes
Do I have to register as a sex offender if convicted?Yes
Do I have to register as a drug offender if convicted?Yes
Do I lose my right to own or possess a firearm if convicted?Yes
Do I lose my right to vote if convicted?Yes
Am I eligible for a local sentence (PC § 1170(h)) if convicted?Yes
Am I eligible for PC § 1000 drug diversion if convicted?Yes
Am I eligible for Prop. 36 drug diversion if convicted?Yes
Am I required to give a DNA sample if convicted?Yes
Is this charge considered a “crime of moral turpitude” for immigration purposes?Yes
Is this charge considered a “aggravated felony” for immigration purposes?Yes
Is this charge considered a “controlled substance violation” for immigration purposes?Yes
Is this charge considered a “domestic violence” for immigration purposes?Yes
Is this charge considered a “firearm conviction” for immigration purposes?Yes