Is there anything I can do about getting rid of a felony conviction on my record? ? California Penal Code Section 17(b)
By Walin & Klarich
It is possible to reduce your felony conviction to a misdemeanor. This can be achieved through something called a ?17(b) motion.? Reducing a felony conviction to a misdemeanor has many benefits:
? You can say that you have not been convicted of a felony on job, school, housing, or loan applications
? You can regain your ability to own a gun
? You would be able to vote and serve jury duty
To qualify for a reduction pursuant to a 17(b) motion, the offense must have been a ?wobbler? and probation must have been granted.
To be clear, a wobbler is a crime that can be prosecuted as either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on your criminal record and the facts of the case. Therefore, crimes that can only be prosecuted as felonies cannot be reduced to misdemeanors...continue to full post
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