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December 8, 2014

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.  Proposition 47 does not apply to everybody.  In general, you are disqualified from getting the benefit of Proposition 47 if you have specified prior convictions or if you are required to register as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code section 290, subdivision (c).  

Please keep in mind that the information presented here is general and may or may not apply to your specific case.  

Who Do I Contact for Help?  If you were represented by the Los Angeles County Public Defender or the Alternate Public Defender, you should call the office in the courthouse where your case was heard.  Public Defender locations and phone numbers are available by clicking here.  Alternate Public Defender locations and phone number are available by clicking here

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