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PROPOSITION 47 & YOU

Proposition 47 was passed by the voters and became law on November 5, 2014.  The law made some non-violent property crimes, where the value does not exceed $950, into misdemeanors.  It also made some simple drug possession offenses into misdemeanors.  Click here to read more.

 

ASSISTANT PUBLIC DEFENDER
WINSTON A. PETERS

Defenders must address underlying causes of criminality

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Poor defendants deserve good clothes, too

“You have the right to an attorney … if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to you.”

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DO YOU NEED TO GET YOUR RECORD EXPUNGED?

Here is a brief description on how one can apply for an “Expungement” properly referred to as a PC 1203.4 Dismissal. 

With a few exceptions, if you have been convicted of a Misdemeanor or a Felony in the past, and were sentenced to either formal or informal (summary) probation and now you have successfully completed all the terms and conditions of your probation (paid all fines, etc.), you qualify to petition the court for a dismissal of your case.  It is recommended you follow these steps:

  1. Go to the court clerk’s office in the courthouse where your case was originally heard.  Request a DOCKET SHEET, a PETITION FOR DISMISSAL (form CR-180), and an ORDER OF DISMISSAL (form CR 181).  To file these two forms, the court clerk will collect a fee of $120.  If you can’t afford to pay the fee or if it’s a financial hardship for you, you should also ask for and complete a “FEE WAIVER”.

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