The Law Office of Nic Cocis & Associates understands the heavy burden to carry when you have a felony conviction
on your record. You may be searching for a way to remove it or, at the
very least, reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor. In California, reducing
a felony to a misdemeanor may be permissible under Penal Code 17. Note
that not every conviction will be eligible; below, we discuss what the
requirements are to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor.
What Are the Requirements?
Some criminal offenses can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors,
although that will depend on the details involved in the case; these are
called “wobblers.” California law does have a provision that
allows “wobblers” to be reduced to misdemeanors, provided
that they meet the criteria.
To reduce a felony to a misdemeanor, the case must hold the following criteria:
- The crime must have been considered a “wobbler”
- The individual must have been granted probation (instead of being sentenced
Some examples of “wobbler” crimes:
The judge will also examine various factors involved before deciding whether
the case can be reduced to a misdemeanor. These might include the type
of offense, the nature of the offense, if you have had other serious offenses
on record, and even your personal background and history.
What Are the First Steps?
To begin the process of fighting your criminal charges, it is best that
you seek counsel first from a knowledgeable
Murrieta and Temecula criminal defense attorney. Nic Cocis can help discern whether or not an offense is a “wobbler”
and what options you have for fighting to protect your reputation and
your good name. One of the greatest advantages of reducing a felony to
a misdemeanor is to restore many legal rights, including the right to
answer “no” if asked whether or not you have had a previous
Do not hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Nic Cocis & Associates
today and request a
free case evaluation.