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Proposition 47, How Will it Affect San Diego? Crime SDPD

| Nov 16, 2014 | Firm News |

Today we will be hearing from Alyssa Frazier.   Alyssa is a 2L at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Law firm owner Mark Deniz states, “Alyssa has been thrown into the fire and has been handled them well.  Her ability to grasp the concepts of criminal law so fast has been impressive”.

Alyssa has extensive experience in the service industry.  She has managed several business.  It is apparent she is organized and has the ability to deal with a lot on her plate.

Alyssa has already drafted and filed motions, spoke to clients, and has performed investigations.  

Attorney Mark Deniz sees a bright future for Alyssa, “she will be a highly sought after attorney when she gets out of law school”.

Here is an article she wrote about Prop 47.  Proposition 47 is already changing the San Diego Criminal Law landscape.  I know of two clients who will have benefitted from the change.


On November 4, 2014, the ballot proposition 47 was passed. This initiative reduces many “nonserious and nonviolent property and drug crimes” to a misdemeanor rather than a felony. However, if the person charged with the crime has been previously convicted of murder, rape or specific sex or gun crimes, the crime will not be reduced to a misdemeanor.

Felony crimes not only come with the higher punishment, but a stigma that makes it difficult to obtain jobs or even places to live. This proposition will help to make the punishment fit the crime. Specifically, the proposition will lower: (1) shoplifting, grand theft, or receiving stolen property when the value stolen is doesn’t surpass $950; (2) forgery or fraud where the value of the check, draft, order, bond or bill doesn’t surpass $950; (3) writing a bad check if the value doesn’t surpass $950; and (4) the person use of many illicit drugs.

The proposition also allows for anyone currently serving a prison sentences for the above crimes to be re-sentenced. However, it mandates a “thorough review” prior to re-sentencing to safeguard the public from any potential risk the inmate may have.

What does this mean for me?

If you are currently in prison for a crime on the above list, this means you have a chance to be re-sentenced. If you are not in prison, but have been or end up being charged with one of the above crimes, this means as long as you meet the specific criteria (not having past specific crimes listed above), then you will be charged with a misdemeanor rather than a felony.

Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facing San Diego DUI charges.  Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case.  Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at 858-751-4384 or send an email to [email protected] 


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