Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney
California Proposition 47: Reduced Penalties for Some Crimes
The Proposition 47 ballot, approved by California voters in 2014, provides
that certain non-serious and non-violent property and drug crimes can
be reclassified from felonies to misdemeanors. Also referred to as the
“Safe Neighborhood and Schools Act,” the initiative would
in effect reduce prison populations, create more room for violent criminals
in prison, and save tens of millions in taxpayer dollars per year.
Under this initiative, as many as one million Californians may be eligible
for resentencing or to change past felony convictions.
More specifically, Prop 47 stipulates that:
- Penalty reductions are only extended to defendants that do not have any
prior convictions for murder, rape, gun crimes, or certain other sex offenses
- Resentencing can occur for anyone currently in prison serving time for
felony offenses that are now being redefined as misdemeanors
- An individual’s criminal history is evaluated, along with their risk
potential, to ensure that they do not pose a threat upon being reintroduced
to the public
- A “Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Fund” is created to distribute
the funds that the state has saved in incarcerating criminals to the Department
of Education, the Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board, and
the Board of State and Community Correction
- Crimes including shoplifting, grand theft, receiving stolen property, forgery,
fraud, and writing bad checks can only be reconsidered as misdemeanors
if the amount of the stolen property does not exceed $950
In Los Angeles especially, which houses the country’s largest jail
system, the drop in inmate population has enabled an end to the early
release of violent criminals due to overcrowding as well as allowing more
time and resources to be made available for rehabilitation.
If you have been charged with a crime in Santa Ana, The Law Offices of
Jerry Schaffer, Jr. can offer you the hard-hitting legal strategies you
need to reappraise your criminal record and save you possible jail time.
As a former prosecutor, I know the criminal justice system inside and
out, and can help you apply this new law to your set of circumstances.
Don’t wait – call a Santa Ana criminal defense lawyer today for a
free case evaluation.