What is Proposition 47
The people of the State of California have spoken loud and clear in the last election that they do not want minor crimes prosecuted as felonies. Proposition 47, passed overwhelmingly, has reduced many former felony crimes to a misdemeanor. Included in the crimes that are reduced to misdemeanors are all possession of drug charges including methamphetamine, cocaine, and over an ounce of marijuana. (possession of less than an ounce of marijuana remains an infraction). Proposition 47 gives select people convicted of a felony a new chance. All theft and fraud crimes in which the taking of property or cash is less than $950 have been reduced to misdemeanors. These theft crimes include shoplifting which has formerly been charges as a burglary, writing bad checks, embezzlement, theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, or theft from a person are covered in Proposition 47.
When does Proposition 47 take place
The change takes place immediately. Those that have already been convicted of any of these crimes can petition the court to have these crimes reduced. If you are in jail for one of these crimes or on probation, you can petition the court to be released. If you want help in applying to the Court for the reduction of a felony crime to a misdemeanor, call Sacramento criminal defense attorney, David Foos, at 916-779-3500
. David has been helping people accused of crimes for thirty years and is a retired Sacramento Superior Court Judge Pro Tem, having served for sixteen years. Remember, the first consultation is without cost.