San Diego Prop 47 Lawyer
On November 4, 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47 or as it is also known as Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative. Prop 47 reduces most nonviolent and nonserious property and drug crime convictions from felony charges to a misdemeanor. In California State, crimes that were charged as felonies prior to or after the passage of Prop 47 may now be charged as misdemeanors. Examples of felony charges that may now be reduced to misdemeanors, include:
- Forgery and fraud – where the value of the forged or fraudulent check does not surpass $950
- Theft – where the value of the stolen property does not surpass $950
- Writing a bad check – where the value of the bad check does not surpass $950
- Drug Possession – controlled substances and Cannabis
- 2nd Degree Burglary – where the value of stolen property does not surpass $950
Reduce Your Sentence
If you were convicted of a felony prior to or after the passage of Prop 47, you may be able to reduce your sentence. An experienced Prop 47 attorney in San Diego at Second Chance Legal can quickly determine your ability to file a petition. If you can move forward with the legal process, we will not waste any time getting your petition in a courtroom where your felony could be re-sentenced or reduced.
Can Prop 47 Help You?
Can Prop 47 help you? According to the initiative, felonies may be reduced to misdemeanors unless the defendant has prior conviction(s) for rape, murder, certain sex offenses, and certain gun crimes. Anyone who is currently serving time in jail for any of the crimes the initiative reduces to misdemeanors may file a petition for re-sentencing. Individuals requesting a sentence reduction are required to pass a thorough criminal and risk assessment review.
Are you still unsure if Prop 47 can help you? Do not hesitate to reach out to an aggressive Prop 47 lawyer in San Diego at Second Chance Legal. Even if Prop 47 cannot help you, our highly skilled legal team may be able to reduce or expunge your sentence under another initiative. A reduced sentence can benefit you in so many ways, especially if you were convicted of drug possession, such as possession of Cocaine. If the court approves your petition, you will not be treated as a felon and therefore, may legally answer that you have never been convicted of a felony. Under Prop 47, you may also have your firearms legal rights restored.
Time Limitations Must Be Met
It is important to note that this initiative only allows individuals three years from the date the initiative was passed to petition the court for a felony reduction or re-sentence. Qualifying felons must file a petition by November 2017. After November 2017, the initiative will no longer be in effect.
Best Legal Choices
If you want to improve your life and reduce your sentence, you must not wait to seek experienced legal help. The petition process can take time and you don’t want to risk your one chance to make a significant positive change, so call our law firm today. We offer free case consultations and will not haggle or hassle you to hire us. We simply want to provide all potential clients with the information they need to make the best legal choices.
Put the Past Behind You
Put the stigma and limitations associated with a felony conviction behind you. At Second Chance Legal, our Prop 47 attorneys in San Diego can help you reduce your felony conviction to a misdemeanor. And, if that wasn’t great news, once your felony is reduced to a misdemeanor, our aggressive legal team may be able to expunge your misdemeanor. Don’t let one mistake ruin your life. It won’t cost you much to have us on your side, but the rewards will benefit you greatly. Call us at (619) 821-8171 right now.