Felony Reductions in California
California law provides a legal procedure for reducing some felony criminal convictions to a misdemeanor. Our law firm is an expert at obtaining felony reductions. After a felony reduction, you are no longer a “felon.” This is an enormous benefit for the rest of your life. In many cases, a when properly handled, a successful felony reduction will restore your gun rights.
The Benefits of a Felony Reduction
You can lawfully say you have never been convicted of a felony.
Your job possibilities and income will expand for the rest of your life.
Your civil rights are fully restored (see guns below).
It may restore your right to possess a firearm.
You remove roadblocks to certain professional licenses.
You remove roadblocks to certain loans and government benefits.
How to Reduce a Felony to a Misdemeanor
There are several ways to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor. It’s VERY important that you use the correct method for whatever your specific goal is.
For example, a felony reduction under Penal Code, § 17 will, in many cases, restore your gun rights, whereas a felony reduction under Penal Code, § 1170.18, will NOT restore your gun rights. If you seek to restore your firearm rights, our law firm has a nationally recognized expertise in this area. Please obtain our Gun Rights Restoration Review & Plan.
If you were granted probation in a felony case, Penal Code, §17, allows you to return to court after successfully completing probation, and petition the judge to reduce your felony conviction to a misdemeanor.
If you were sentenced to state prison as opposed to being granted probation, you may be able to reduce your felony under Penal Code, § 1170.18 (Prop 47 “The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act”) but you need to act prior to its expiration on November 4, 2022).
If your felony conviction was for a marijuana offense, the passage of Proposition 64, makes it possible to reduce many marijuana felonies to misdemeanors.
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