California voters passed Proposition 47 on November 4, 2014. It was notable in that it changed certain low-level crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors, and permits some individuals previously convicted of some less severe crimes to have their conviction recalled and reduced to a misdemeanor. The court has the discretion to approve or deny an application for relief. Individuals have until November 4, 2022 to submit an application for relief. In addition, an application can be submitted after November 4, 2022 upon a showing of good cause.
Who qualifies for Prop 47?
No request is guaranteed, but the proposition applies to those charged with a felony involving the following:
- Shoplifting of less than $950
- Petty theft of less than $950
- Receiving stolen property worth less than $950
- Forging or writing a bad check for less than $950
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Possession of concentrated cannabis
- Possession of control substance
Why is this important?
Having the sentence reduced offers better prospects for those seeking employment, housing, a professional license, or even joining the military. It could also impact one’s immigration status. Those who get their sentence reduced will still need to pay any outstanding restitution ordered.
Some may need help with this process
If you believe you have a qualifying felony conviction that can be reduced to a misdemeanor or if you need help assessing your specific case, contact a qualified attorney, who can assist you with the process. Some people may find it less stressful and effective to work with legal professionals who understand the state’s legal system.