Last month, California governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that will allow some Californians who were convicted of certain property and drug crimes to petition the state to downgrade their convictions to misdemeanors.
Currently, the state imposes a three-year time limit on convicted felons who are looking to have their criminal convictions modified under Proposition 47 rules adopted by voters in 2014. Under that initiative, certain nonviolent property and drug crimes were reclassified from felonies to misdemeanors.
That reclassification opened the door to those previously convicted of the same offenses to petition the State for relief. The reclassifications were available only to convicted felons who had no history of violent offenses. Representatives in California who supported the elimination of the time limits said that placing limits on a person’s ability to seek relief would clog the courts with additional cases. The new measure extends the reclassification window by an additional five years, and allows felons to petition the court for additional extensions with good cause.
Los Angeles drug crimes attorney
If you’ve been convicted of drug crimes that qualify for reclassification and you have not been convicted of any violent crimes, there is absolutely no reason to avoid petitioning the state to have your conviction reclassified under Proposition 47. This is an ideal opportunity to eliminate a felony conviction from your record.
Once your conviction is reclassified, you no longer have to answer “Yes” to questions on job applications regarding felony convictions. By itself, that can make a major difference in your life.
If you have a qualifying drug crimes felony conviction on your record and would like to petition the state for reclassification, please don’t wait. Contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (310) 456-3317, (818) 591-2809 or (805) 273-5611 for an immediate consultation on your Los Angeles County drug crimes case.
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