California Proposition 47 Felony Reduction Lawyer

The most serious crimes in the state of California are classified as felony offenses. If you have been accused of a felony, you could face a lengthy jail term. Career prospects could be detrimentally impacted because many employers ask about felony convictions or conduct background checks that reveal past offenses.  You could lose your right to vote and bear arms, and you could face large fines when found guilty of a felony.

Fortunately, many people charged with a felony are actually able to get their charges or their sentence reduced thanks to the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. In November of 2014, Ballot Proposition 47 passed, which meant the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act went into effect. The goal of Prop 47 was to reduce incarceration rates and revamp prison sentencing so non-violent criminals no longer languished in jail for years for relatively minor offenses.

Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP attorneys have helped many defendants get their charges and sentences reduced since the passage of Prop 47 and we have extensive legal experience in this area of law. When you need a felony reduction lawyer to evaluate your situation, defend you, and argue for a reduced charge or a lesser sentence, we are the firm to turn to.

To get our top-notch legal team working for you, give us a call today at 909-453-4059 or contact us online.  We can represent you as you fight to get charges reduced, and can answer important questions including:

  • Can I get my felony charges reduced or get a reduced sentence after a felony conviction?
  • What are the reduced penalties if I get my felony reduced under Prop 47?
  • How can a felony reduction lawyer help after the passage of the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act?

Can I Get Felony Charges Reduced or Get a Reduced Sentence for a Felony Conviction?

Prop 47 made it possible for certain defendants to request reduced sentencing for crimes previously considered felonies. A defendant can petition the court to have charges and penalties reduced to a misdemeanor for certain non-violent offenses including but not limited to:

  • Shoplifting
  • Forgery
  • Writing and passing bad checks
  • Theft of goods, funds or services with a value less than $950
  • Dealing in stolen goods valued at less than $950
  • Possession of certain controlled substances

The court will look at many factors including past convictions (if any), length of prior incarceration, a record of rehabilitation, and other evidence related to your case. If the court determines you are a good candidate to have your felony sentence reduced, you will be able to avoid all of the serious consequences a felony conviction can have on your future.  A felony reduction lawyer can help determine if you are eligible and can prepare your petition to the court.

What are the Reduced Penalties Under Prop 47

A defendant who requests re-sentencing for a felony offense under the Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act will have a prison sentence reduced to less than one year.  Reduced sentences make sense because it is very expensive to keep people in prison: especially in California’s overcrowded prisons. Excessive incarceration is a major problem in California and throughout the U.S. and Prop 47 can help you avoid becoming a victim of our politicized criminal justice system.

A defendant who gets a reduced sentence under Prop 47 may be placed on parole for the remainder of the time period that his prison sentence would normally have extended to.  A felony reduction lawyer at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox will help you argue for a light sentence and will help you understand and comply with the terms of parole.

How Can a Felony Reduction Lawyer Help?

A San Bernardino felony reduction lawyer at Milligan, Beswick, Levine & Knox LLP can provide you with invaluable assistance in taking advantage of the Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act. Our attorneys can review your case, determine eligibility, prepare all court paperwork, and argue on your behalf to get your sentence cut dramatically. Give us a call today at 909-453-4059 or contact us online now to get the process started so we can fight to get you out of jail and possibly get the felony off your record.