As of November 2014, certain felony crimes in California became misdemeanors, including many drug possession crimes and some theft offenses. Crucially, the law was fully retroactive, meaning that even decades’ old convictions could be reclassified as misdemeanors if the defendants qualified.
If you are still serving your sentence (including parole or probation), see Nolo's Proposition 47 Petition for Resentencing Kit.
If you have completed your sentence, see Nolo's Proposition 47 Application for Redesignation Kit.
Many California counties have responded by posting Proposition 47 forms online. You can see a list of those here. A few counties have made their forms mandatory, which means that defendants must use them when asking for Proposition 47 relief. But most are optional, which means that they are not the sole means of filing your petition or application. And even in those counties that provide mandatory forms, few supply all four forms needed to complete your petition or application—use the Nolo forms to fill-in where needed.
For the majority of cases, a Proposition 47 petition or application can be accomplished on your own, without the aid of an attorney. Nolo has drafted Proposition 47 forms that comply with the law’s requirements and that should be acceptable in the majority of California counties. Unlike any county forms, Nolo’s come with complete instructions and explanations, from how to fill-in the blanks to where and how to access the needed information to where to file your forms and how to serve them. Even if your county supplies a form, and even if it’s mandatory and complete (four forms are needed for each case), you’ll benefit from using the Nolo product as a guide.
If you are still serving your sentence (including parole or probation), use Nolo's Proposition 47 Petition for Resentencing Kit.
If you have completed your sentence, use Nolo's Proposition 47 Application for Redesignation Kit.