Criminal Record Clearance in California
Having a criminal record can be a major obstacle when it comes to finding a job, housing, or even obtaining a professional license. Fortunately, California law provides several options for individuals with a criminal history to clear their record and move on with their lives.
The following are some of the most common ways to clear a criminal record in California:
- Expungement: California Penal Code 1203.4 allows individuals who have completed probation or served time in jail or prison to petition the court to have their conviction dismissed. Once the conviction is dismissed, the individual can legally state that they have not been convicted of that offense.
- Certificate of Rehabilitation: This is an order from the court stating that the person who was convicted of a crime has been rehabilitated. It does not erase the criminal record, but it can help to demonstrate to potential employers or landlords that the person has taken steps to turn their life around.
- Governor's Pardon: A pardon is an official forgiveness from the Governor of California for a crime committed. A pardon does not expunge the criminal record, but it can help to restore some of the individual's civil rights, such as the right to own a firearm or serve on a jury.
- Early Termination of Probation: If an individual has successfully completed a significant portion of their probation, they may be able to petition the court for early termination of probation. If granted, this can help to demonstrate to potential employers or landlords that the individual has taken steps to comply with the terms of their probation.
If you have a criminal record in California and are interested in clearing your record, it is important to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you understand your options and guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.