Cleaning Up Your Record
There are three different legal methods for cleaning up
your criminal record. The first is an Expungement;
the second is a Certificate of Rehabilitation; and
the third is a Pardon.
An Expungement of a conviction is permitted under Penal
Code Section 1203.4 which states that an individual who did
not go to state prison for the offense shall have his guilty
plea or guilty conviction WITHDRAWN AND THE CASE DISMISSED
after the client has successfully finished probation. This
is the same for felonies or misdemeanors. However, it should
be noted that this procedure does not ERASE the client’s
conviction. Although in some cases, were the client to be
asked if he was convicted of a crime he could honestly answer “No”,
after his conviction is expunged. For a more detailed explanation
contact Mr. Bruzzo who has represented many clients on expungement
matters. He can be contacted at (714) 547-4636.
A Certificate of Rehabilitation (Penal Code Sections 4852.01
et seq.) is an official recognition by the court that the
client has been rehabilitated. It is usually after the conviction
has been expunged that a certificate of rehabilitation is
sought. In very limited circumstances a certificate of rehabilitation
can relieve a person from registering who is required to
register as a sex offender. A Certificate of Rehabilitation
however, is most effectively used as a means to getting a
Pardon granted. Notably, once a Certificate of Rehabilitation
is granted it becomes an automatic Pardon Application. A
Certificate of Rehabilitation has certain time eligibility
requirements. Contact Mr. Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636 if you
need further information. Usually, a considerable amount
of time must have passed without the client committing any
crimes and with his being a contributing member of society
for a Certificate to be granted.
A Pardon (Penal Code Section 4852.01) is the only way for
most felony offenders to have right to bear arms restored.
In addition, for most crimes requiring sex registration only
a Pardon will permit the person NOT to have to register.
However, the Governor and only the Governor (with the help
of his legal staff) can decide whether or not you deserve
a pardon. The more time that has passed without any new crime
and with the client being a contributing member of society
will improve the chances of being granted a pardon. Contact
Mr. Bruzzo at (714) 547-4636 if you need further information.
Please contact Mr. Bruzzo on any criminal matter at (714)547-4636 or fill out the form below:
Expungement /Pardon Orange County
William W. Bruzzo
1851 E. First Street, 9th Floor, Suite 900
Santa Ana, CA 92705
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