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2021 Is An Opportune Time To Consider Expungement and Other Related Procedures

By March 31, 2021 June 2nd, 2021 No Comments

The Law Offices of John Patrick Dolan have helped California residents find post-conviction relief for more than three decades. 2021 is an opportune time for anyone with a criminal record to consider their post-expungement options and move forward, thus affirming their identities as productive members of their local communities.

Committing a criminal offense has “collateral consequences” which may harm individuals in many unexpected ways, causing irreversible damage to many of their cherished rights. These consequences may infringe upon an individual’s right to own or possess firearms or even remain in the country.

Fortunately, the California criminal justice system provides provisions to seal arrest records, prefiling diversion programs, court diversion programs, and expungements. The Clean Slate Act is an effort by the California Assembly to reinforce other recently enacted California laws and reduce or even eliminate the impact of a criminal record. The automatic relief provisions of the Clean Slate Act apply to those arrested or convicted on or after January 1, 2021.

Any Californian with a criminal record who qualifies may consider the following post-conviction relief measures in 2021:

  • Certificate of Rehabilitation
  • Commutation (executive clemency)
  • Conviction Review
  • Early Termination of Probation
  • Exclusion from Megan’s List which provides public information about registered sex offenders
  • Expungement
  • Motion to withdraw a plea
  • Motion for a new trial
  • Re-sentencing
  • Restoration of Gun Rights
  • Sealing of Juvenile Records
  • Writ of Habeas Corpus

In California, any person has the right to file a motion for post-conviction relief after being convicted of a crime. The pursuit of post-conviction relief involves the careful, detailed analysis of the former defendant’s case file by an experienced criminal defense practitioner. The experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Dolan Law Offices may file for a post-conviction motion although a person has already gone to trial, received a sentence, and is currently serving jail or prison time. There is no better time to pursue such options than in the present.

A California post-conviction relief lawyer may provide more information and answer questions about the various types of post-conviction relief available in California. John Patrick Dolan is a California State Bar Certified Specialist in Criminal Law, the highest achievement awarded by the State Bar of California to attorneys in the field of criminal law. The advice, guidance, and representation of experienced criminal defense counsel may be crucial to achieving the best possible result in any criminal matter. John Patrick Dolan has forty years of criminal defense experience. Contact Dolan Law Offices today at 760-775-3739 or 562-824-4007 to discuss your situation or find out more online here.

2021 Is An Opportune Time To Consider Expungement and Other Related Procedures