In 1999 my client pled guilty to two counts of Penal Code section 288(c)(1) – “Lewd Acts on Victim 14 to 15 Years Old” as felonies. My client had previously obtained an early termination of probation and had the cases dismissed pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4. These charges continued to cause my client consequences and he recently hired my office to pursue a reduction of the felony offenses to misdemeanors pursuant to Penal Code section 17(b).
We submitted a motion pursuant to Penal Code section 17(b) to the court, arguing that the numerous equitable factors in my client’s favor justified a reduction of his nineteen (19) year old felony convictions to misdemeanors. We submitted documentation attached to the motion detailing my client’s lack of subsequent criminal convictions, his strong ties to the community – including the fact that he founded his own thriving business – the fact that he is married with children and is consistently described as a hardworking, dedicated, and selfless individual.
Based on the numerous equitable factors on my client’s behalf, the court reduced the offenses to misdemeanors and granted our motion to modify the sentence to 364 days pursuant to Penal Code section 18.5.
With the reduction of the offenses to misdemeanors and the modification of the sentence, my client is no longer considered a felon!
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