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.
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.