I was convicted of an offense and want to have it dismissed and/or reduced to a misdemeanor. How do I do this?

You may choose to contact an attorney or the Public Defender’s Office to represent you for Change of Plea proceedings. The following conditions apply for you to be eligible for a change of plea: 

  1. You must not have any pending cases in any county or state. 
  2. You must have completed probation and probation must have terminated either successfully or routinely. If your grant of probation was terminated as unsuccessful, you may not be granted relief. 
  3. Cases which terminated in state prison sentences are not eligible. 
  4. 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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