Felony Reduction to a Misdemeanor at the Harbor Justice Center

January 2, 2024

Navigating the Path from Felony Conviction to Misdemeanor Status

In Newport Beach, individuals convicted of certain felonies have a unique opportunity for legal relief. Under specific circumstances, a felony conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor, offering a significant change in the legal and social implications for the defendant. This process, governed by Penal Code 17(b), provides a vital option for those seeking to amend their criminal records and move forward in their lives with fewer legal burdens.

Understanding “Wobbler” Offenses and Penal Code 17(b)

A “wobbler” is a term used in California law to describe a crime that can be charged either as a felony or a misdemeanor. This dual nature of wobblers opens the door for post-conviction relief under Penal Code 17(b). Individuals convicted of a wobbler offense may petition the court to reduce their felony conviction to a misdemeanor.

Eligibility Criteria for Felony Reduction

The eligibility for this form of relief hinges on several factors. Key among them is that the defendant must not have served time in state prison for the offense. If the defendant was sentenced to and served time in state prison, they are unfortunately not eligible for relief under this statute.

Impact of Reduction Under PC 17(b)

When a court grants a reduction under Penal Code 17(b), the conviction is treated as a misdemeanor for all purposes. This reduction can have far-reaching effects, including easing employment challenges, restoring certain civil rights, and reducing the stigma associated with a felony conviction.

Our Office’s Expertise and Commitment

At our law office, we specialize in navigating the complexities of felony reduction under PC 17(b). We understand the nuances of this legal process and are intimately familiar with the Newport Beach courthouse and its procedures. Our team, led by Attorney John D. Rogers, a board-certified criminal law specialist, is dedicated to providing expert legal representation and guidance through this potentially life-changing process.

Attorney John D. Rogers: A Specialist in Criminal Law

Attorney Rogers brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in criminal law. His board certification as a criminal law specialist marks him as an expert in this field, ensuring that our clients receive the highest standard of legal counsel.

Seeking Relief in Newport Beach

If you or a loved one has been convicted of a wobbler offense in Newport Beach, CA, and are exploring the possibility of reducing your felony conviction to a misdemeanor, our office is here to help. Our expertise in this area of law, coupled with our familiarity with the local court system, positions us uniquely to offer effective legal assistance.


The opportunity to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor under Penal Code 17(b) is a significant aspect of California law that can provide a new lease on life for many. Our office is committed to guiding clients through this process with professionalism and empathy. Contact us to learn more about how we can assist in transforming your legal future.

Contact us today to schedule a consultation with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

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