Proposition 47 Passes
If you or a loved one were convicted of any of the crimes listed below, there may be reason for celebration. As a result of the passing of Proposition 47, there is now an opportunity to have the crime reduced to a misdemeanor.
Here is a list of offenses which likely can be changed to misdemeanors under Proposition 47:
PC 459 – Commercial Burglary
PC 470, 471, 472, 475, 476, 484 (some of the subsections) – Different types of forgery
PC 476a(a) – Checks written with non sufficient funds
PC 487 (several subsections) and 489 – Grand Theft
PC 496(a) – Possession of stolen property
PC 666/484(a) – Petty theft with prior convictions
Health and Safety Code 11350(a) – Possession of a controlled substance (such as heroin/cocaine)
Health and Safety Code 11357(a) – Possession of concentrated cannabis
Health and Safety Code 11377(a) – Possession of methamphetamine
In conclusion, Proposition 47 could be a life changer for anyone convicted of any of the above offenses (or even those who have pending matters with the court ).There are some exceptions and each person needs to be evaluated individually to determine eligibility for a sentence reduction. Additionally, a deadline has been imposed on how long one has to petition the court to reduce a misdemeanor to a felony.