Does it take felonies off or just bring them down to misdemeanors? Also, how far back does it go on your criminal records?
That's a complex question. You should just call a lawyer and ask about your specific situation. There's no single answer for this question that will cover every situation.
Retroactively, Prop 47 does not do anything by itself. It does however, allow defendants to petition the court to reclassify certain felony convictions as misdemeanors. The judge will look at the petitioner, the crimes (and their facts, in some cases) underlying the prior convictions, and other factors to determine what priors can, should, and will be reduced.
There is no limit to how far back Prop 47 can reach into a defendant's criminal history.
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Certain offenses are now misdemeanors. Goes back as far as you can go. Your question lacks any specifics, so, who knows if this benefits you at all.
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It's prop 47.
It allows reclassification of a few low level theft and fraud charges to misdemeanors. It also reclassified possession of drugs for personal use to a misdemeanor.
It does not restore firearms rights, but otherwise reclassifies the offenses as misdemeanors for all purposes.
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