Proposition 47

Proposition 47, also called the Criminal Sentences Misdemeanor Penalties Initiative Statute was a referendum that was passed by voters in California on 11/4/14. Proposition 47 redefined certain nonviolent offenses as misdemeanors instead of felonies, as they had previously been treated as.

The measure would convert many nonviolent offenses, such as drug and property offenses, into misdemeanors. There are, however, exceptions: Offenses involving more than $950 and criminals with prior records involving violence or sex offenses are excluded. This measure affects future convictions and allows people who are still incarcerated for crimes covered by the measure to petition for re-sentencing.

Proposition 47 also allows an individual who has completed his sentence for offenses that are covered by Proposition 47 to file an application with the court to have their felony reduced to a misdemeanor.

Again, those with violent or sex offenses in their prior history cannot petition the court for reduction or resentencing. Any inmate who has to register as a sex offender is also excluded. Eligible inmates can petition the court for resentencing, and the court must resentence the inmate, unless the court feels there is an unreasonable risk to public safety. Eligible inmates must petition the court for resentencing by November 4, 2017.

If you or someone you know qualifies for a reduction of prior felony charges, or if someone you know is in prison for a felony charge and is eligible to petition for resentencing, we can help. Consultations are free. We can access your case and determine if you are eligible under Proposition 47. If you are eligible under Proposition 47, we will file all the necessary paperwork, and go to court on your behalf.

You can contact us at:

Law Offices of Jeffery K. Rubenstein

9461 Charleville Blvd # 267

Beverly Hills, CA 90212


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