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  • Eternally Grateful

    Riccardo kept my nephew out of jail when he was charged with felony possession of marijuana for sale. It was a very strong and damaging case against the kid, and the outcome was no small feat! We are eternally grateful.

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About VIB Law

When your freedom, your reputation and your career are on the line, you owe it to yourself and your family to have the best possible defense, and the most experienced lawyer defending you.

With over 70 years of combined criminal law experience, VIB Law is the largest and most successful criminal defense firm in Northern California. Our partners have consistently been recognized for excellence in their fields of practice. Partner Riccardo Ippolito won the “Top Lawyers In California” award presented by American Lawyer Media. Partner Patrick Valencia is a winner of the, “Juvenile Attorney of the Year” award presented by San Jose Magazine.

When the stakes are this high, why would you go with an “average” law firm?

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Prop 64, What You Need to Know

Most of Prop 64’s provisions are already the law in California. Since Prop 64 did not designate a specific effective date, it became immediately effective on November 9, 2016. “An initiative statute or referendum approved by a majority of the votes thereon takes effect the day after the election unless the measure provides otherwise.” (Calif. Const., Art. 2, § 10(a).)

However, some of Prop 64’s provisions do not take that same immediate effect. For example, people will not have a place to legally buy nonmedical marijuana until stores are licensed. California has until January 1, 2018 to begin issuing these type of retail licenses.

Beside huge changes to the law, one of the most important aspects of Prop 64 is that it added new procedures for persons to go back to court to have their prior convictions cleared from their record or even have their convictions sealed.

Persons who have suffered convictions for crimes that have become less serious can have their convictions, “redesignated.” For example, a prior offense may be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor or from a misdemeanor to an infraction.