Prop. 47 Reductions and Expungements
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On November 4, 2014, Californians passed Proposition 47. The law reduces charges for drug possession, theft crimes, and other offenses from felonies to misdemeanors. It also allows qualifying individuals convicted of and sentenced for these crimes to seek reclassification of the offense or resentencing.
The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, P.C. has already begun the process in cases Attorney Ian Wallach has handled. For an affordable fee, he can complete and submit an application for you immediately. If the court approves your request, in most circumstances, you would no longer have to admit you were convicted of a felony on a job application. Moreover, Ian Wallach can simultaneously seek to expunge the offense completely, meaning that, in many cases, you would not have to admit that you were ever convicted of a crime at all on most job applications. Also, you will no longer legally have a criminal conviction.
To discuss whether you’re eligible to take advantage of this law, contact The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, P.C. at (213) 375-0000 now. He helps individuals in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas.
What Offenses Does Proposition 47 Affect?
One of the things Proposition 47 did was reclassify certain felony-level offenses to misdemeanor-level crimes. It also added new misdemeanors to the California Penal Code. Broadly, offenses that were affected fall under theft and drug possession crimes.
Specifically, the offenses include:
- Shoplifting: This offense was created as a result of Prop. 47. It provides that a person may be charged with a misdemeanor for unlawfully attempting to remove merchandise valued at $950 or less from a store.
- Forgery: Prop. 47 changed this offense from a wobbler (one that can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony) to a misdemeanor if the value of the instrument was $950 or less.
- Writing a bad check: Before Prop. 47 this was a wobbler offense unless the amount was $450 or less. However, now the threshold has been increased, making the crime a misdemeanor if it involved $950 or less.
- Petty theft: Prop. 47 redefined the offense to state that theft of any property valued at $950 or less would be considered petty theft, and thereby, a misdemeanor.
- Receiving stolen property: Under Prop. 47, knowingly obtaining stolen property is strictly a misdemeanor if the value was $950 or less.
- Drug possession: Prop. 47 reclassified possession of controlled substances for personal use and possession of concentrated cannabis for personal use as misdemeanors.
If you were convicted of any of the above offenses before the passage of Proposition 47, you might be eligible for resentencing or reclassification of the crime. Please note that certain restrictions do exist. For instance, if you are required to register as a sex offender because of a conviction for a specific sex crime, you may not qualify for relief. Ian Wallach can discuss the requirements with you and evaluate your case to determine the most effective course of action for you.
If you are eligible to seek relief under Prop. 47, you must prove to the court that your request should be granted. This requires providing evidence supporting your claim and presenting a compelling argument to the court. Ian Wallach can develop and submit a persuasive case on your behalf.
Does Prop. 47 Erase My Conviction?
Proposition 47 is simply a legal vehicle to reclassify your offense or seek early release from incarceration. Thus, if the court grants your request for relief, the conviction will still remain on your criminal record. To have the information removed, you must submit a motion for expungement and/or record sealing.
Ian Wallach can help petition to have your conviction and/or arrest information cleared from your record.
Schedule a Free Consultation with The Law Offices of Ian Wallach, P.C.
If you are seeking to have your conviction reclassified or your sentence reduced under Prop. 47, speak with Ian Wallach about your case. He provides intelligent and creative legal representation in Los Angeles, and is more than happy to guide you through the process.
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