Proposition 47 passes, reduces sentences for theft and drug crimes

Posted by Neil Shouse | Nov 05, 2014 | 0 Comments

Yesterday a clear majority of California voters passed Proposition 47, the "Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act."

In a nutshell, here is what Prop 47 does to criminal law in California:

Prop 47 changes some California crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors.

These crimes include:

In addition, Prop 47 gets rid of the concept of petty theft with a prior.

Prop 47 does not apply if you have certain violent felonies or sex crimes on your record.

The reduced sentences under Proposition 47 will not apply to:

  • defendants who have certain serious violent felonies on their record, or
  • defendants who have been convicted of sex crimes that require them to register as a sex offender.

Prop 47 allows you to apply for resentencing if your sentence is affected by the new law.

If you are currently serving OR have completed a felony sentence for any of the crimes listed above, you can apply to have your conviction reduced to a misdemeanor--and your sentence reduced accordingly.

In short, Proposition 47 represents a welcome move in our state away from a mindless "tough on crime" approach. Our criminal defense attorneys are eager to help defendants and inmates understand their rights under the new law.

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Neil Shouse

Southern California DUI Defense attorney Neil Shouse graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and Harvard Law School (and completed additional graduate studies at MIT).


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