Q: Now that petty theft is decriminalized in california. Can a previous charge get dismissed from your record?
Charge was under $400. Over 10 years ago. Never had any more trouble afterwards, not even a parking ticket. I would like to be eligible for a sentry pass.
A: Petty theft is not decriminalized in California, and you cannot get a prior conviction dismissed, except through a proper expungement process. What changed in California is that the attorney general's office has instructed local prosecutors to use more discretion when charging petty theft offense so as not to unfairly burden or punish those charged.
- Law Office of Joseph Abrams, Anaheim, CA
A: it is still a crime.
however, the governor has signed a law that allows most misdemeanors to be considered for a Diversion.......but it is up to the Judge (not DA)....probably involves classes for 12 months and then the case is dismissed.
priors still need to be expunged under 1203.
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