No doubt about it, Proposition 47 (passed in 2014) is a major shift in the way the State of California now looks at certain California criminal offenses. Legally, the provisions of the law are contained in a document called the Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes Initiative.
If you have ever been charged with a nonserious and nonviolent offense, Proposition 47 could easily be your road to reduced classification (for example: a felony to a misdemeanor). If you have EVER been convicted of offenses that fall into the Proposition 47 classification, now may be the time to weigh the possibility having the charges reduced or eliminated completely from your record.
The people have spoken – they want fairness in the way that law enforcement and the courts treat certain nonserious and nonviolent drug and property crimes. If you have been charged with drug possession, shoplifting, check and credit fraud, forgery, theft and possession of stolen goods and if the offenses total less than $950 in value, the people want to give you another chance. Treated as misdemeanors, Proposition 47 requires that maximum sentences are reduced to one year in jail, down from a maximum of three years. You can expect fines to be lower too.
The Law Offices of Stull & Stull has more than 45 years of criminal trial experience in all of Southern California’s jurisdictions (Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Kern, Tulare, Fresno and Ventura counties). The firm is led by a former deputy district attorney, Adam Stull, who has the kind of high-powered court room experience and expertise to make a real difference for you.
On its own, the law requires the following actions – that could easily work in your favor:
- Classifies certain “non-serious, nonviolent crimes” as misdemeanors instead of felonies. The exceptions to this include prior convictions for murder, rape and other sex offenses, and offenses involving firearms.
- Allows re-sentencing for anyone now serving a prison sentence for any of the offenses (example: offenses that are reduced to misdemeanors).
If you’ve already served time, fulfilled the requirements of probation, and have no additional offenses on your record, the chances are very high that your California Criminal Record may be expunged. The Law Office of Stull & Stull will not only give you access to the latest, best, and updated knowledge of the law, you’ll also receive the type of aggressive legal representation that you need and deserve. If we take your case, we hit the floor running for you immediately – with the highest level of professionalism in every matter we represent.
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