Are You Eligible for the Sentencing Relief Available Through Prop 47?


Are You Eligible for the Sentencing Relief Available Through Prop 47?

December 27, 2018

Are You Eligible for the Sentencing Relief Available Through Prop 47?

Have you been convicted and sentenced for a non-violent felony? If you have, then Prop 47 may be the answer you’ve been looking for to lower your sentence. At The Mattern Law Firm we believe in helping our clients from start to finish – and a case does not finish at sentencing. Even if you have been convicted and have no chance for appeal, it is possible that we can help you via Prop 47. Contact us now at 310-342-8254 for your free legal consultation.

The basics of Prop 47

First, let us understand what Prop 47 is. It is a measure that was designed to provide sentencing relief for non-violent offenders who committed what are considered low-level crimes. This can include those who’ve been convicted of passing bad checks, drug possession, forgery, theft, shoplifting, credit card fraud, or receiving stolen property.

Prop 47 can be applied to old crimes

One of the best aspects of Prop 47 is that it provides sentencing relief not just to future convictions – it can be applied retroactively to former convictions. This means that if a person has already been incarcerated on a felony that is covered, they could be resentenced and get out of prison much sooner. If you or a loved one is in this position then it is well worth it to talk to an attorney about your options.

Yes, you should apply even if you have already completed your sentence

You may assume that if you are no longer in jail that you cannot benefit from Prop 47. This is false. If you file a resentencing petition, your felony conviction could be replaced with a misdemeanor on your criminal record. This does not restore the gun rights you lost when you were convicted of a felony, but it can make it easier to get a job, housing, and professional licenses in the future.

This is a situation that requires an attorney

Prop 47 may seem simple enough on the surface but there are a number of confusing restrictions and exclusions included in the law. The best way for you to move forward and find out what your options are is to contact an attorney who has experience with Prop 47. That attorney is The Mattern Law Firm. We have been following the changes to this law and we know how to best apply them to your case.

We will begin by offering an honest assessment of your chances of being granted a Prop 47. We do want you to be successful but we do not want to waste anyone’s time if the chances are minimal. If you decide to move forward, we can help you draft and file the petition. We know all the deadlines, filing specifics, and other details that can help ensure the case is taken care of sooner rather than later. Contact The Mattern Law Firm at 310-342-8254 now for a free legal consultation.

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