Clean Slate Project
In 2012, our firm launched the Clean Slate Project. The Clean Slate Project extends legal advocacy beyond an arrest or disposition by the court so that our clients can avail themselves of opportunities to “clean up” their criminal records.
We specialize in the following forms of post-conviction relief:
Dismissal of Convictions
Our practice is dedicated to helping clients expunge their criminal records. A negative mark on your criminal record can affect your future employment options, educational opportunities, and even financial aid assistance. For these reasons, we strive to make the expungement process easier than ever.
If you were convicted of a crime in California, we may be able to get your conviction(s) dismissed. If you get a conviction dismissed, then on most job applications you can legally say that you were not convicted of that crime. To qualify for a dismissal you have to finish serving your sentence, finish probation or parole, and you cannot be currently charged with a crime.
Obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation
If you were sentenced to State Prison in California, you cannot get your conviction dismissed/expunged but you may qualify for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. If you currently live in California, have resided in California for the past five years, and have been out of prison for at least 7 years, you may qualify for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
Sealing and Destroying an Arrest Record
If you were wrongfully arrested in California, we may be able to get your arrest record sealed and destroyed. To qualify for the sealing and destroying of your arrest record you have to be factually innocent of the crimes you were arrested for. This process is two-fold and usually involves petitioning both the arresting agency as well as the court. The request must be made within two years of your arrest.
Sealing Juvenile Records
Juvenile records are not automatically sealed once you turn 18. These records remain accessible until you obtain a judicial order to seal and destroy them.
There are several benefits to sealing your California juvenile record. Some of the most significant include being able to state truthfully that you have no criminal history. It also prevents prospective employers from discriminating against you for having a criminal record. In certain circumstances, a prospective employer is actually prohibited from even inquiring about a juvenile record.
Early Termination of Probation
If you are still on probation, we may be able to end your probation early. Early termination of probation reduces the risk of violating probation due to a failure to comply with a term, condition, or order of the court. Also, the earlier you finish probation, the earlier you can expunge your criminal record.
Reducing a Felony Conviction to a Misdemeanor
Being a convicted felon carries a certain stigma in our society. In addition, a felony conviction may make it extremely difficult to obtain gainful employment in today’s job market. There are also certain freedoms that are stripped from those who have been convicted of a felony. If you were convicted of a felony and had an agreement that your case would be reduced to a misdemeanor, we may be able to help you. Certain offenses are also statutorily eligible for a reduction if certain guidelines are met. Depending on your situation, we may be able to get your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. We do it for our clients day-in and day-out in courts around the State.
Application for Removal from the Megan’s Law Website
Under certain circumstances, an individual may qualify to have their information removed from the Megan’s Law website. Our firm has been extremely successful in availing our clients of this remedy.
A California Governor’s Pardon is the ultimate relief from the penalties and disabilities associated with a criminal conviction. It is a remedy that is reserved for those who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following a criminal conviction.
A Pardon does not expunge a criminal conviction nor does it seal and destroy your criminal arrest records. What it does is send a very powerful message to society that you have led a productive and law-abiding life following your past conviction.
Most people who pursue Governor’s Pardons do so either for personal satisfaction or for professional licensing, bonding or other employment purposes. A California Governor’s Pardon restores many of the rights of citizenship that an individual loses through a criminal conviction.
Restoring Your Gun Rights
There are a variety of legal options that are available to help you restore your California gun rights. Before you can legally own, possess, purchase, or receive a firearm in California, both your state and your federal criminal records must be free from any gun prohibition.
Thus, even if you clear a California firearms ban, a federal restriction may still prevent you from legally possessing a gun. Our firm assists with every aspect of this process.
To qualify for inclusion in our firm’s Clean Slate Project, your individual situation must be reviewed and evaluated by our office. Call today to schedule an appointment or submit a confidential inquiry through our Contact Form. All inquiries will be responded to within 48 hours of submission.