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Cleaning Up Your Criminal Record – Reduce Your Felony Charge or Conviction to a Misdemeanor – California Penal Code Section 17(b)
If you qualify, an experienced criminal defense attorney can submit a motion that may persuade a court to reduce your felony conviction to a less severe misdemeanor. Your offense, however, needs to be a “wobbler” in that it must have been possible to charge it as either a felony or a misdemeanor. It is also required that you had been granted probation upon your conviction.
Factors That Are Considered in Reducing a Felony to a Misdemeanor
Granting a Section 17(b) motion is completely within the discretion of the judge. Having your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor is not as simple as fulfilling all the necessary requirements; it ultimately comes down to persuading the judge that you are worthy of this reduction. There are a number of factors that a sitting judge may consider when making that determination:
- The nature of your felony offense; if it was a violent or non-violent crime,
- How well you completed your probation requirements,
- Your personal life history,
- Your criminal record
Because the question of whether or not you can reduce your felony conviction to a misdemeanor hinges on the single determination of a judge, it is very important that you have a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney pleading on your behalf. Our experienced attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been representing clients in this capacity for over 30 years. Call us today at 888-280-6839 or visit us online at www.wklaw.com. We will be there when you call.
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