Earlier this year, San Francisco’s District Attorney announced an unusual new partnership with Code for America. The company will develop software to automatically petition the courts to reduce eligible drug possession convictions. Under Proposition 64, persons previously convicted of certain drug possession offenses could petition the court to clear their convictions.
The new software will examine a person’s eligibility, then produce the required forms and generate a standard motion for the court. The process will impact about 5,000 marijuana convictions dating back to 1975. It will also examine another 3,000 misdemeanor convictions under Proposition 64. Those convictions will then be dismissed and sealed.
The goal of the program is to eliminate criminal convictions that may keep people from finding jobs and housing. In Los Angeles, people with eligible convictions currently must petition the court directly for relief. According to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, it prosecuted more than 40,000 potentially eligible cases since 1993.
SF District Attorney George Gasçon said that reviewing and eliminating convictions is resource intensive. That led him to look for ways to automate the process of review and petitioning. Code For America says it will extend the process to other California counties. It hopes to eliminate 250,000 eligible convictions by next year.
Los Angeles Drug Possession Lawyer
Proposition 64 presents an exceptional opportunity for some Californians with prior convictions. When you want to explore options for clearing a prior drug conviction, hire an experienced drug possession lawyer like Robert Helfend. He takes cases in Los Angeles County and throughout Southern California.
If you’re one of the 40,000 or more individuals in Los Angeles County that may be eligible for relief under Proposition 64, then it makes sense to take advantage of this opportunity to clear your criminal record. You don’t have to wait for the system to find you. You can have your case reviewed and potentially cleared with the help of an experienced drug possession lawyer.
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 possession case.
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