Clearing a Criminal Record
Public Defender staff assists individuals with becoming productive and positive members of the community by clearing criminal convictions. An individual who has completed probation on a qualifying offense and has no new or pending cases with the court may petition the court for a dismissal of his/her cases by filing a petition pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4 or 1203.4a. If the court grants the petition, the individual is released from all disabilities flowing from the conviction, thereby, nullifying the effects of the conviction for most employment purposes.
Although the petition does not remove the court records from public inspection, and it does not prevent the conviction from being used as a prior to increase punishment in case of a subsequent conviction, it may assist individuals with obtaining employment or registering for school. This is just one aspect of our holistic approach towards rehabilitation and reintegration in a way that benefits the community.
For the application to determine your eligibility for expunging your misdemeanor conviction(s) and felony conviction(s). Click Here.
For Penal Code section 1203.4 - Form (CR180). Click Here.
For Penal Code section 1203.4 - Declaration (MC-031). Click Here.
For Penal Code section 1203.4 - Dismissal Order (CR181). Click Here.
For California Penal Code section 1203.4 and 1203.4a. Click Here.