California Proposition 47
Proposition 47 (Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative) was passed by California voters on November 5, 2014, and is effective immediately (See Cal. Const., art. II, § 10, subd.(a)). Prop 47 mandates that particular felony crimes now be charged, and sentenced, as misdemeanor crimes. Prop 47 not only effects future criminal matters, but also retroactively applies to anybody that was convicted of one of the specified felony crimes. If you were convicted of one of these specified crimes we can now petition the court under Prop 47 to have your conviction reduced to a misdemeanor for all intents and purposes. We are one of the only law firms in California specializing in Prop 47, and we can assist you with your Prop 47 case. If you were convicted of one of the following crimes, please call us for a free consultation:
- 1PC 459 - 2nd Degree Burglary (Commercial Burglary) - less than $950 value. NOTE: 1st Degree Burglary (Residential Burglary) is not eligible.
- 2PC 487 - Grand Theft - less than $950 value.
- 3PC 496 - Receiving Stolen Property - less than $950 value.
- 4PC 666 - Petty Theft With Prior.
- 5PC 473 - Forgery - less than $950 value.
- 6PC 476a - Check Fraud - less than $950 value.
- 7HS 11350 - Possession of Controlled Substance.
- 8HS 11357 - Possession of Concentrated Cannabis.
- 9HS 11377 - Possession of Controlled Substance.
If you were convcited of any of the above crimes, and are not currently serving a prison sentence, we can petition the court to have the felony re-sentenced and reduced to a misdemeanor.
Prop 47 does retroactively apply to felony convictions in your past. Thus, we can use Prop 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 mentioned crimes, we can petition the court under Prop 47 to have your crime re-sentenced. This will allow us to terminate your prison term and will place you instead on simple misdemeanor probation. If you are currently serving a prison sentence due to a conviction under one of the above specified crimes, call us at 800-916-1228.
Three Year Time Limitation
The legislature is only allowing a 3 year window for people to petition the court to get a qualifying felony re-sentenced / reduced under Prop 47 and thus, it is critically important to move quickly under Prop 47.
PC 17(b) Felony Reduction
If you were not convicted of one of the felony crimes specifically named in the new Prop 47 law, that does not mean that there is no relief available for you. Many other felony convictions can be reduced under PC 17(b), and expunged under PC 1203.4, if you were not sentenced to prison. Please give us a call for a free consultation and we can advise you on what type of post conviction relief is available in your particular situation.
We are Prob 47 attorneys and we can assist you with your Prop 47 matter. Call us for a free consultation.