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Guide to Getting Your Marijuana Conviction Reduced

Do you have a drug charge from many years ago that is haunting you? Are you unable to get a good job and a nice place to live because of this record? If you were previously convicted of a marijuana drug charge in the state of California, then it’s possible to have this conviction erased from your record.

Due to recent developments in the Justice Department, drug offenses in California may be eligible to be wiped away thanks to Proposition 64 and the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney.

What Is Proposition 64?

Proposition 64 is also called the “Adult Use of Marijuana Act.” It went into effect on January 1st of 2018. Since marijuana is now legal for both medical and recreational use in the state of California, it seems useless to have people carrying drug charges for something that can be easily purchased anywhere legally.

Many people understand that this law is intended to eliminate restrictions on those who choose to sell or carry marijuana. What is also does, however, is give the court leeway for those who have been convicted of marijuana-related crimes to have leniency. The courts are reducing or deleting these records, which may be able to help the tens of thousands of people who have been haunted by these past drug charges.

It’s estimated that more than half a million people are harboring criminal records from marijuana charges from between the years of 2006-2015. The real problem with many of these arrests is that they were the outcome of targeting underrepresented societies. Everyone deserves equal opportunities, and California is making sure that no one is singled out anymore.

Who Is Eligible to Have Their Case Expunged?

The court is not going to automatically throw out every case in their system that has to do with marijuana. There will be some interpretation for the offenses, history, and other pertinent information. For instance, was the drug being transported, purchased, given to a minor, or is there something else that affects the case? Were there other crimes committed alongside such as burglary or grand theft auto? It’s typically easier to get simple marijuana possession charges expunged than ones that involve individuals with a history of other charges.

Here are a few guidelines to consider if you think your case is worthy of being erased or reduced:

•You had an ounce or less of marijuana on your persons

•You had eight grams or less of cannabis

•There were six or fewer marijuana plants in your possession

•You had marijuana accessories

Some felonies will also be reduced to a misdemeanor crime, but there are stipulations here as well. You must meet the following criteria:

•18 years of age or older at the time of the arrest

•Had no more than four grams of cannabis and 28 grams of marijuana

•Had more than six plants

•Was selling marijuana

•Gave away, sold, or distributed more than 28 grams of marijuana or cannabis

Getting Started

First, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney that can help you will a petition in court; you must file in the court in which you were convicted. Restorative justice can be tricky, and you need an experienced team on your side working hard to clear your conviction.

There are many reasons why you need to have your records expunged or reduced. Having a criminal record can affect your ability to rent an apartment, get a job, or even open a checking account. You deserve to have help in reducing these crimes so you can move forward.

If you’re ready to put the past behind you and need the court’s help, then you need to schedule an appointment with Mark Raymond McDonald, Esq. As a dedicated legal professional with more than 30 years in the business, he knows what it takes to win these cases. Call us today at (909) 443-1599 or fill out a consultation form here to set up an appointment.