I was convicted of an offense and want to have it dismissed and/or reduced to a misdemeanor. How do I do this?
Contact the Public Defender's office and request the Change of Plea Officer. He / she will guide you through the process. The following conditions apply for you to be eligible for a change of plea:
1. All fines, fees and restitution must be paid before any reports are done.
2. The fee due to the Probation department is $150 for completion of any report, to be paid prior to the completion of the report.
3. You must not have any pending cases in any county or state.
4. You must have completed probation without revocation and probation must have terminated either successfully or routinely. If your grant of probation was terminated as unsuccessful, you may not be granted relief.
5. Cases which terminated in state prison sentences are not eligible.
6. Not all charges are eligible or suitable for reduction to a misdemeanor.

If you were originally charged with a misdemeanor, contact the court that handled your case. If you were originally charged with a felony, the Probation Department will handle your request.

Multiple dockets may be researched at the same time, however; no reports will be submitted to court without all of the necessary paperwork completed, all fines, fees and restitution paid.

  • Please remember that all charges, convictions and sentences remain on your record, and will be noted to the court, should you be arrested in the future, regardless of the outcome of a 1203.4 PC (dismissal of conviction) or 17 PC (reduction of a felony to misdemeanor). The result of the courts decision will be added to your record.
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