Prop 47 Case Law Update

What is Prop 47? Prop 47 makes certain drug and property offenses under $950 a misdemeanor. Prop 47 Case Law Prop 47 was passed on November 4, 2014. Since then, courts have ruled that the following charges should also be misdemeanors: Embezzlement of $950 or less – Penal Code 503 …

Withdraw a Plea

Withdraw a Plea Using Penal Code 1473 Penal Code 1473.7 allows a person no longer imprisoned to withdraw a plea. This is especially useful for non-citizens who want to vacate a conviction or a sentence. If the Court allows the non-citizen to withdraw their plea, it removes the conviction for …

California Becomes A Sanctuary State

California Becomes A “Sanctuary State” On October 5, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act. The “sanctuary state” law aims to protect California’s 2.3 million undocumented citizens from federal immigration authorities (ICE). Currently local authorities may release inmate information, including citizenship status, to federal immigration authorities. When the …