Law Office of John W. Noonan
925-400-6635 Call For A Free Initial Consultation Se Habla Español Available 24/7

Will Proposition 47 be a benefit or a detriment to California?

Back in a July post, as some of our more frequent readers may remember, we talked about Proposition 47, the new ballot measure that would change how certain nonviolent crimes were classified in California.  Proposition 47, if signed into law, would convert some felony crimes into misdemeanors, which would have a huge impact on how the criminal courts issue sentences for these crimes.

But even though the measure hasn't been decided on yet -- California voters will get the opportunity to vote on the measure this coming November 4 -- some people in the state are already debating whether the law is a good idea or a bad idea.  We thought we'd weigh in on the issue this month by presenting both the pros and cons, and letting our readers decide.

Cons

There are two main arguments for opposing Proposition 47.  The first argument highlights the fact that if the measure passes, an estimated 10,000 offenders, who are currently serving time for felony convictions, would have the right to petition for resentencing.  In some instances, a judge might decide that a sentence has been served and order the convict's release.  Some fear this might result in a risk to public safety.

The second argument is that Proposition 47 may not adequately hold a person accountable for their participation in criminal activities.  A downgraded sentence or an early release might leave residents feeling as if justice has not been served completely.

Pros

Despite opposition from some within the state, Proposition 47 has some definite pros.  For starters, the measure would resolve our state's problem with overcrowding in prisons and jails, freeing more money in the budget for other projects and providing a better quality of life to inmates across the state.

In addition to this, the measure will give added funding to drug treatment and mental health programs, which have proven to be better at preventing crime than incarceration.

Source:  The Press Enterprise, "Decision 2014: Prop. 47 lowers penalties for some crimes," Don Thompson, Oct. 13, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Recent Case Results

  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    John was able to get client a reduction of charge of a DUI because of being a nurse it could mean her license.

    He secured a Drunk in Public , and she would attend a 3 month program. Additionally, the dmv hearing was also set aside.

    Both being a win for the client.

    Read More
  • Domestic Violence

    A client was arrested for a Felony Domestic Violence, could have devastated her potential for future employment. John was able to get the case dismissed. Client was thrilled.

    Read More
  • Juvenile Charges

    A juvenile was arrested for 2nd Degree Robbery. After 6 months the case was dismissed.

    A juvenile was arrested for Sexual Battery. After 6 months and 80 hours of Community service, the case was dismissed.

    Read More
  • Drunk Driving Offenses

    A client with a 1st DUI arrest. Fearing she would go to jail; lose her license for a year and lose her job. Got a wet reckless and minimal fines.

    Read More
  • Drug Charges

    A client with 4 Felony charges on a Transportation Charge, a Attempt to Sell, Possession of Marijuana, (50 pounds), Conspiracy Charge all where reduced to 1 Misdemeanor. No Jail.

    Client was charged with 6 Felony drug possessions. Facing jail time. The results: Client got a deferred entry of judgment and then dismissed.

    Client charged with several felony counts of possession of Marijuana with intent to sell. Client was involved in a medical marijuana grow. Case was reduced and later dismissed.

    Read More
  • Sex Crimes

    A client with alleged 2 Felony Sex charges and he faced jail and sex registration. The case was entirely dismissed.

    Client charged with prostitution; facing jail time and sex offender registration. Result: NO JAIL TIME AND NO SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION Deferred Entry of Judgment.

    Read More
  • Domestic Violence

    Client charged with domestic violence, with great bodily injury. Case reduced to a misdemeanor with time served.

    Read More
Email Us For A Response

Learn How We Can Help

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Areas We Serve

Dublin Office
6379 Clark Avenue
Suite 250
Dublin, CA 94568

Toll Free: 800-785-9556
Toll Free: 800-743-3896
Phone: 925-400-6635
Fax: 925-463-3661
Dublin Law Office Map

Manteca Office
210 East Center Street
Suite 10
Manteca, CA 95336

Toll Free: 800-785-9556
Toll Free: 800-743-3896
Phone: 209-498-3521
Fax: 925-463-3661
Manteca Law Office Map

Back To Top