What Is Felony Reduction?
Felony reduction refers to the process of turning what was a felony conviction into a misdemeanor conviction. This legal process can be applied to most lower level or Class C felonies and some Class B felonies under Oregon law. Felonies can be eligible for felony reduction even years after the initial conviction.
When Should Felony Reduction Be Used?
Felony reduction is most useful for convictions that are ineligible for set aside or expungement. When a felony is reduced to a misdemeanor, the conviction remains on record but now shows as a minor infraction. This reduction takes a person out of convicted felon status and facilitates the passing of any background check that screens for a felony record.
Which Felonies Can Be Reduced to Misdemeanors?
Convictions that are eligible to be reduced to misdemeanors include:
- Hit & Run
- Driving with a suspended license
- Possession of a stolen vehicle
Felony reduction is not limited to driving crimes. Most Class C felonies, along with Class B methamphetamine possession and Class A felony racketeering are also potentially eligible for felony reduction.
What Happens During a Felony Reduction Proceeding?
When we help people apply for felony reduction, it becomes incumbent on us to demonstrate that it would be unduly harsh for our client to continue to carry this felony conviction. The court will consider the nature of the crime, the terms of the conviction, the criminal and life history of the petitioner, and their overall character when making the decision of whether to allow felony reduction or not. Our job as legal counsel is to present the relevant information in an organized, accurate format that tells our client’s story and describes the reasons they deserve this relief from a felony conviction.
During this process, our lawyers will investigate the original conviction, examine the evidence as presented, and conduct a complete and thorough interview with our client to ensure we have all the information the court needs to make the just and proper decision. While an in-person hearing is sometimes required, and we remain prepared for the possibility, this is not always the case.
Let Lohrke Law Determine If You Are Eligible For Felony Reduction
In a single phone consultation, we can tell you what the cost would be and whether you are eligible to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor.
This Information is not Legal Advice
The information provided here is not intended to be a substitute for one’s own legal research or the advice of a qualified criminal defense lawyer. Laws and the interpretation of those laws are subject to change at any time, so what was applicable one day may be completely different the next. Legally, each individual case is different and a legal strategy used for one defendant may not be the best course of action for another. Contact an experienced rights restoration lawyer to discuss and understand your particular legal situation.