PETITION FOR A DISMISSAL UNDER CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE 1203.41203.4. (a) (1)
Many People refer to California Penal Code 1203.4 as the "expungement" statute. In reality, this statute allows the defendant/petitioner to request that the court dismiss the case against him or her.
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony in California you have probably wondered how to “clear” your criminal record. A criminal conviction can carry serious consequences such as losing a job or making you ineligible for certain types of employment, the loss of gun rights, gaining admission to a university or grad school, or the inability to obtain a professional license. The consequences can be disastrous to your life and your well being.
When you apply for a job or fill out any application or background check you will be asked “have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, do not include minor traffic offenses or any misdemeanor marijuana conviction more than one year old.” The application will frequently go on to read: “you need not disclose any conviction where relief has been granted pursuant to Penal Code 1203.4.”Call our office today at 530-342-7755 to learn how to clear your record.
The first step to seeking relief is to successfully terminate probation if the applicant is still on probation.
A new law in California that took effect January 1, 2014 – Senate Bill No. 530 (SB 530) – provides significant new protection to ex-offenders who committed crimes, including felonies, when it comes to job hunting and what employers can legally discover or use. The new law prohibits an employer from asking about, seeking, or utilizing criminal convictions that have been judicially set aside. Employers violating the new prohibitions can face civil penalties and even misdemeanor criminal charges if done intentionally. It also allows a convicted person to get a case expunged sooner.
The full text of California SB 530 is available at:
CALL THE OFFICE AT 530-342-7755 to seek relief under 1203.4