A criminal conviction can impact every aspect of your life and well-being. Even very old criminal convictions can continue to deny employment opportunities. Perhaps most importantly a criminal record can impact how you view yourself and can be a root cause of stress and embarrassment. Most criminal convictions in California are eligible for some type of relief that can reduce the impact on your criminal record.
The most common way to clean up your record is to file a motion to dismiss/expunge your conviction pursuant to Penal Code 1203.4. As long as you were not sentenced to prison or were not convicted of certain sex crimes then you will likely be eligible for this type of relief. Another common and very important motion we can file is a motion to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor. Having this motion granted will restore your firearm rights and it would be as if you were never convicted of the felony. Finally, You can also ask the court to terminate your probation early or seek a Certificate of Rehabilitation or Governor’s Pardon.
Common Types of Relief:
- Expungement/Dismissal- Penal Code 1203.4
- Early Termination of Probation- Penal Code 1203.3
- Reduce Felony to Misdemeanor- Penal Code 17(b)
- Motion to Withdraw Plea
- Motion to Vacate Judgment
- Certificate of Rehabilitation
- Governor’s Pardon