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How Do I Clean Up My Criminal Record in California?

Anyone who has been convicted of a crime realizes that the punishment for the mistake that brought you into the criminal justice system continues to punish you long after you have served your sentence, completed your probation, served your custody, paid your fines and done your programs. It continues when you can't get the job you want or the vocational or professional license you have dreamed about or get denied for consideration for many other opportunities because of this conviction.

Record Clean Up By Reducing Drug Charges to Misdemeanors

Criminal record clean up may have a new tool available soon.  New legislation pending in Sacramento will help drug offenders clean up their records and allow them to reduce felony drug charges to misdemeanors.  Some  possession for personal use of drugs like heroin and cocaine have been non-reducible felony drug charges.  This meant they could never be reduced to a misdemeanor if you were convicted.  You could expunge them, but that does not do away with all the issues of a felony conviction, it is like a good behavior dismissal if you successfully completed probation.  You could not possess a firearm, and still had the stigma of a felony record.  If passed, record clean up for drugs like heroin and cocaine could include reduction to misdemeanors.

What Record Clean Up can be done for an Oceanside Case?

     Record clean up of your Oceanside case includes several options depending on your record.   You can expunge most misdemeanors and felonies in Vista Courts unless you received a prison sentence.  There are a few misdemeanors and felonies that cannot be expunged under any circumstance including some sex related felonies.  Felony records where there was a prison sentence can be improved with a Certificate of Rehabilitation or Pardon.   A Certificate of Rehab must be filed downtown San Diego and also acts as a pardon application, but pardons are rarely granted.  Many felonies where probation was  granted, can be reduced to misdemeanors after probation and expunged at the same time.  This reduction to a misdemeanor alone is extremely valuable, as you would no longer have a felony  record  and may be allowed to possess firearms depending on the charges reduced.   If there is a good reason to terminate your probation early, we can also file for early termination and expungement.

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