If you have a misdemeanor or a felony where you were not committed to the California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Penal Code section 1203.4 permits setting aside your conviction under certain circumstances. This is commonly known as a record clearance or an expungement.
If you qualify for Public Defender services our Reentry Expungement Program (REP) may be able to assist you with Penal Code section 1203.4 relief. REP is located inside the Reentry Resource Center at 151 W. Mission Street. Please call (408) 535-4290 to make an appointment.
If you are currently a CALWORKS participant you may qualify for additional record clearance/expungement services. Please call (408) 299-7038 to inquire.
Certificate of Rehabilitation
If you were convicted in California and committed to a state prison, you may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. The requirements and other information, including forms and instructions, can be found by downloading this document. If you qualify to apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and meet income eligibility, you can be represented by the Public Defender Office.