Is Check Fraud Eligible under Prop 47 for Reduction?

Some may say that Proposition 47 opened up a “Pandora’s Box” of crimes that meet its broadly worded definition of shoplifting. Critics certainly will say that shoplifting is limited to lifting an item off a shelf and walking out with it without paying, perhaps by concealing the item in a pocket or under a coat. Check fraud would not fall within shoplifting. However, one audacious defendant convicted of felony check fraud sought to have the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor as shoplifting. To read how the appellate court regarded this argument, click on the following link.


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