In November of 2014 California voters passed Proposition 47, enacting new law that reduces common drug and theft crimes from potential felonies to misdemeanors. Crimes covered by the new law include simple drug possession and certain theft offenses when less than $950 is involved, including shoplifting, petty and grand theft, forgery, check fraud, and possession of stolen goods. The law is in effect NOW and is having a significant effect.
The law applies to future crimes and also may apply retroactively, to persons currently serving a sentence in jail or prison, persons on felony probation and to persons who have already completed their sentence.
If you have a question about the new law and whether or not you or a loved one qualify for resentencing under the law, call Bay Area Criminal Attorney and Oakland Criminal Attorney Robbi A. Cook for a free consultation at (510)208-5051.