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“Can I get my felony reduced to a misdemeanor because of Prop 47?”

Can your conviction get dropped to a misdemeanor?  Does Prop 47 affect your case?   In the past week since Proposition passed, I’ve gotten several calls and emails asking about getting felony charges changed to misdemeanors.  Unfortunately, there are either a lot of false rumors or maybe just false hope going around.   Proposition 47 […]

Prop 47 – reducing a felony to misdemeanor (old conviction or new case)

Proposition 47 made some substantial changes to drug and theft laws   California voters approved Proposition 47 (“Prop 47”) in the statewide general election November 4, 2014.  It was commonly known as the “Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act” and it changed the sentencing laws and affects several low-level crimes to make them misdemeanor offenses instead […]

Charged with a misdemeanor? You may not ever have to appear in court.

California Penal Code section 977 If you’re charged with a misdemeanor by the District Attorney or City Attorney’s office, you may never have to appear in court on your case.  The California Penal Code allows an attorney to appear on behalf of their client on most misdemeanors.  By retaining an attorney before your court date, […]

Marijuana soon to be just an infraction – 11357(b) changes coming

Currently, under California law, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana is the lowest level misdemeanor possible.  The maximum possible punishment is a fine of no more than $100, but it is still a misdemeanor. Governor Schwarzenegger recently signed into law Senate Bill 1449 which will change the classification of possession of less than […]

Misdemeanor criminal defense & procedure – Orange County

I have previously written about the stages of a felony prosecution, but what about a misdemeanor? Misdemeanors, such as DUI, assault & battery, petty theft (shoplifting), driving on a suspended license, some domestic violence charges and violations of court orders, have their own time line and procedures. You may not even have to appear in […]