Proposition 47 (Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative) was passed by voters on November 5, 2014 (See California Constitution Article II, Section 10(a)). Proposition 47 mandates that particular felony crimes now be charged and sentenced as misdemeanor crimes. Proposition 47 not only affects future criminal matters, but also retroactively applies to anybody convicted of one of the specified felony crimes. If you were convicted of one of these specified crimes I can petition the court under Proposition 47 to have your conviction reduced to a misdemeanor for all intents and purposes. I specialize in Proposition 47 and can assist you with your Proposition 47 case. If you are convicted of one of the crimes below please call me for a free consultation:
1. Penal Code 459: Second-degree burglary (i.e., commercial burglary) (less than $950 value). First-degree burglary (i.e., residential burglary) is not eligible.
2. Penal Code 487: Grand theft (less than $950 value).
3. Penal Code 496: Receiving stolen property (less than $950 value).
4. Penal Code 666: Petty theft with prior.
5. Penal Code 473: Forgery (less than $950 value).
6. Penal Code 476a: Check fraud (less than $950 value).
7. Health and Safety 11350: Possession of controlled substance.
8. Health and Safety 11357: Possession of concentrated cannabis.
9. Health and Safety 11377: Possession of controlled substance.
If you were convicted of any of the above crimes and are not currently serving a prison sentence, I can petition the court to have the felony re-sentenced and reduced to a misdemeanor.
Proposition 47 retroactively applies to felony convictions in your past. Therefore, I can use Proposition 47 to reduce an old felony down to a misdemeanor no matter how old the crime is.
If you are currently serving a prison sentence due to a conviction under one of the above crimes, I can petition the court under Proposition 47 to have your crime re-sentenced. This will allow us for termination of your prison term and instead place you on simple misdemeanor probation. If you are currently serving a prison sentence due to a conviction under one of the above crimes, call me at (415) 695-4545.
Extended Until 2022
The Legislature has extended this relief until 2022 allowing qualifying felony cases to be re-sentenced/reduced under Proposition 47. If you think your felony case might be eligible for reduction relief, call me.
Penal Code 17(b) Felony Reduction
If you were not convicted of one of the felony crimes specifically named in the new Proposition 47 law, it does not necessarily mean no relief is available to you. Many other felony convictions can be reduced under Penal Code 17(b) and expunged under Penal Code 1203.4 presuming you were not sentenced to prison. Please call me for a free consultation so I can advise you on what type of post-conviction relief is available in your particular situation.