Drug possession law eliminates 200,000 convictions
Drug possession law eliminates 200,000 convictions
Thanks to Proposition 47, experts estimate that as many as 200,000 Californians have reduced felony convictions to misdemeanors for drug possession. Proposition 47 also applies to certain other crimes, but no definitive statistics exist for conviction modifications under Proposition 47.

Many people know that Proposition 47 changed the status of certain felonies to misdemeanors. They may not realize that they can reclassify prior felony convictions to misdemeanors.

Eliminating felony convictions from a person’s criminal history gives people a fresh start, although the law has limits. Passed by voters in 2014, Prop 47 allows judges to reclassify non-violent, non-serious felonies. Potentially eligible felony convictions include shoplifting, theft, receiving stolen property, fraud, passing bad checks and personal drug possession. Judges can reduce only certain convictions, because property values involved in a case may not exceed $950.

Ventura drug possession Attorney


If you have a past conviction for drug possession, consult with an experienced drug possession attorney like Robert Helfend.

Mr. Helfend will analyze the circumstances of your conviction, then help you determine whether your conviction qualifies for a reclassification under Proposition 47. To seek reclassification, you’ll need to file papers with the court, then have a judge examine your case.

The benefits of reclassification are immense because felony convictions can prevent you from getting the job you want, renting a particular home or apartment, or providing guardianship for vulnerable individuals. Reclassifying a felony conviction can also reduce your risk of enhanced incarceration under California’s Three Strikes Law.

Proposition 47 offers a significant opportunity for people with non-violent felony convictions who have made changes in their lifestyle. If you would like to consult on the status of your felony record, contact Robert Helfend or call toll-free at (800) 834-6434, (805) 273-5611, (310) 456-3317 or (818) 591-2809 for an immediate consultation on your Ventura County drug possession case.

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