Record Reduction/Dismissal

MILPA offers a free record reduction/dismissal service. Through Proposition 47 and 64, you can reduce or eliminate certain felonies and misdemeanors. Prop 47 and Prop 64 were voter supported reform propositions that rewrote and changed certain low-level drug and theft related crimes. Both propositions prevented potential felonies to misdemeanors and decriminalized personal possession and use of marijuana.

Through Proposition 47, the following charges were to be reclassified from felony to misdemeanor:

  • Shoplifting, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
  • Grand theft, where the value of the stolen property does not exceed $950
  • Receiving stolen property, where the value of the property does not exceed $950
  • Forgery, where the value of the forged check, bond or bill does not exceed $950
  • Fraud, where the value of the fraudulent check, draft or order does not exceed $950
  • Writing a bad check, where the value of the check does not exceed $950
  • 2nd Degree Burglary, where the value of property stolen does not exceed $950
  • Simple Drug Possessions

Through Proposition 64, the following charges can be reclassified or removed from your record entirely:

  • Possession of marijuana or concentrated marijuana (H&S Code § 11357)
  • Cultivation of marijuana (H&S Code § 11358)
  • Possession with intent to sell marijuana (H&S Code § 11359)
  • Sales or transport of marijuana (H&S Code § 11360)
  • Most convictions can be converted into a dismissed charge through a Petition for Dismissal (PC 1203.4).

These are some of the qualifications to petition for a dismissal:

  • Not currently incarcerated, on probation or parole (includes any court supervision such as informal probation)
  • Did not go to prison for the charge you are trying to get dismissed
  • Not owe any money to courts, including restitution

MILPA works directly with the Monterey County Public Defender’s Office to process our client’s applications.

You may fill out the online intake form below to see if you qualify.

For assistance via phone, please call the Prop 47 Specialist at (831) 337-8240.


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