When Can Judge Reduce a Felony to a Misdemeanor (PC § 17(b))?

Certain cases are called “wobblers” because the level of the charge can be either a felony or a misdemeanor.  It is up to the prosecutor to decide which level to allege.  However, a judge has the power to use his or her discretion to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor.  This discretion requires consideration of certain facts about the crime and the defendant.  What are these considerations?  Click on the following link to find out.


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