Expungement is the act of clearing a criminal record. This pertains to an adult who has been granted and has successfully completed probation, either by fulfilling the conditions of probation or being successfully discharged before the end of his/her probationary period. He/she must not be on probation or serving a sentence for any other offense.
California Penal code (Section 1203.4) authorizes the court, in the interests of justice, to permit you to withdraw a previously entered guilty plea and have your case dismissed if you have fulfilled the conditions of probation for the entire period of probation or have been discharged from probation. To obtain a dismissal under this section you must file a Petition in the jurisdiction where the prior conviction occurred seeking an Order by the Court to grant relief under Penal Code Section 1203.4. The court will calendar your request for a hearing before a judge. If your old case was a felony conviction you may be eligible to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor. You should consult an attorney prior to filing your petition. For more information on clearing a criminal record, view the following or call (916) 874-5732 or email PublicDefender-Expungement@saccounty.gov.