In 2016, a voter initiative known as Proposition 64 legalized cannabis in the State of California. Since the proposition went into effect, Californians have benefited from reduced penalties for certain marijuana-related crimes and the legalization of the possession, consumption, and growth of cannabis with some limitations.
One of the most significant benefits of Prop 64 is anyone who has been convicted of a marijuana offense in California may petition to have their infraction reduced or expunged from their record. If you were convicted of a marijuana-related crime in California, Aron Law Firm could provide the thoughtful, intelligent legal representation you need to effectively defend your case.
What You Should Know About Proposition 64 in California
More formally known as the Control, Regulate, and Tax Adult Use of Marijuana Act, Proposition 64 has led the way in the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana use in the United States. Although marijuana use is still prohibited on the federal level, Prop 64 made the possession, cultivation, and sale of cannabis legal for anyone over the age of 21 in California, whether they want to use it for medical or recreational purposes.
Once Proposition 64 went into effect, marijuana and its products became taxable. However, in order to sell cannabis products, sellers were now required to hold a valid license and abide by various city, county, and state regulations.
Anyone under the age of 21 is not covered under Prop 64. Therefore, individuals under 21 can be convicted for using, selling, or possessing cannabis and may be required to attend drug education classes or complete community service.
Prop 64 permits the use of cannabis in private residences or at businesses licensed for on-site consumption. Marijuana use is banned in public places, including at schools, daycare facilities, and youth centers. Using cannabis or having an open container of a cannabis product while driving or riding in a vehicle is also prohibited.
How To Petition for Expungement Under California’s Prop 64
With the passing of Proposition 64, certain marijuana offenses are now eligible to be reduced or expunged. A California criminal defense attorney can help you determine whether you may be eligible for expungement under Prop 64. Whether you qualify for expungement under Prop 64 will largely depend on the nature of your offense.
If you are eligible to petition for expungement, your criminal defense lawyer will gather the necessary documentation and craft a petition to submit your case to the court. After the prosecutor has been given time to respond, your case will be seen by a judge, where your legal representative will present your case and work diligently to have your charges reduced or expunged entirely.
File for a Proposition 64 Expungement with a California Criminal Defense Attorney
At Aron Law Firm, we are committed to helping Californians get their lives back after a drug charge. If you have been convicted of a marijuana-related offense in California, it is imperative to seek legal counsel to reduce or expunge your offenses.
We understand the toll a single drug charge can take on your freedom, reputation, and opportunities, which is why we will exhaust all avenues to get the outcome you deserve. To schedule an appointment with an Aron Law Firm criminal defense lawyer, call our office today at (805) 618-1768 or fill out our convenient online contact form, and we will get back to you as soon as possible.