Proposition 47 allows Californians to remove certain nonviolent felonies from their old criminal records, which can reduce immigration consequences and remove barriers to jobs, housing, education and more. If you have a felony record in California for one of the following offenses – no matter how old the conviction – you may be eligible to have these offenses changed from a felony to a misdemeanor on your record.
- Simple drug possession
- Petty theft under $950
- Shoplifting under $950
- Forgery under $950
- Receipt of stolen property under $950
- Writing a bad check under $950
Check out the video below to learn more about the process to change your record:
Reclassification (or Record Change) Under Proposition 47
The Reclassification process is for individuals who are no longer in the criminal justice system (out of custody and no longer on probation or parole). No matter how old the conviction(s), you can apply to have it changed from a felony to a misdemeanor on your record (if the conviction was in a California court). Normally the process for reclassifying your record will not involve a hearing. Applicants should work with a lawyer or legal clinic to assist with the process.
To learn more about the process to change a felony to a misdemeanor, click here.
Individuals eligible for either resentencing or reclassification under Proposition 47 must file their applications/petitions within three years – by November 5, 2017.
Individuals with a previous conviction for crimes such as rape, murder or child molestation and individuals who are on the sex offender registry are not eligible. Click here for a full list of crimes excluded.
Resentencing Under Proposition 47
The Resentencing process is for individuals currently serving a sentence for one or more of the eligible offenses in the state of California. Click here for more information on the resentencing process.