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California Arrest Record Sealing

Were you arrested but never convicted of the crime you were arrested for? If so, that arrest will show on your permanent criminal record and can be seen by potential employers if they do a background check. Furthermore, if charges were filed against you and then the case was subsequently dismissed, then those charges are also visible on you your permanent criminal record. The fact is that having an arrest on your record can badly hurt your marketability with potential employers, especially in this tough job market. Fortunately, we may be able to get your arrest record, and any information surrounding the arrest, officially sealed. California Penal Code 851.8 allows us to petition the appropriate agencies to get your arrest record sealed for good.

Our law firm specializes in California record clearing laws, and we have a great deal of experience with getting arrest records sealed under PC 851.8 for client throughout the state of California. The second you sign up for our arrest record sealing service a knowledgeable attorney will begin working on your case, and will continue to be there fighting to get your record sealed the whole way through. Isn't it time you took the steps to finally forget the past and embraced the future?

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California Arrest Record Sealing Summary

If you were ever arrested in the past then the information surrounding your arrest will unfortunately be on your permanent criminal record. Furthermore, if you were ever charged with a crime after your arrest but never subsequently convicted (because the case was dismissed, or you were acquitted, etc.) then those offenses you were charged with will also be a part of your permanent criminal record. Having this information on your record for the world to see can have a serious negative impact on your life and your ability to secure employment. Fortunately there is relief.

We are able to petition the appropriate agencies under PC 851.8 requesting that the records of the arrest be sealed and destroyed. Once the petition is granted the entire record including fingerprints, booking photo, arrest report, and any other official information regarding the arrest will be sealed and then destroyed by all involved agencies. This means that you will be able to truthfully say that you have never been arrested. Additionally, the sealed arrest information will no longer display on background checks.

Here are the general requirements that must be satisfied to qualify under PC 851.8 to have your arrest record sealed permanently in California:

  1. You must have been arrested in California.
  2. Your arrest must not have resulted in any convictions. If you were convicted then our other expungement services are more appropriate (see infraction expugnement service, misdemeanor expungement service, or felony expungement service).
  3. Not more than two years has passed since you were arrested. If more than two years has passed, we can seek PC 851.8 relief but must first seek a waiver on the time limitation from the court which can make achieving PC 851.8 relief more difficult. There is an additional cost of $250 if more than two years has elapsed due to the increase in paperwork and hearings.
  4. The facts of the case must allow us to demonstrate to the judge that you were factually innocent and should not have been arrested in the first place. We are experts in determining if your specific facts make your arrest eligible for sealing under PC 851.8, please reach out to us if you have any questions.


If you feel that you were wrongfully arrested, then there is no reason to let that arrest remain a part of your permanent record. Getting the arrest record sealed under PC 851.8 will permanently seal and destroy the arrest record and all the details surrounding the arrest.

Fresh Start Law Center specializes in record clearing laws in California, and we have a lot of experience with sealing arrest records under PC 851.8. An experienced and knowledgeable attorney will handle your case from beginning to end, optimizing your chances at getting your arrest record successfully sealed. Don't let that wrongful arrest hold you back any longer, clear your name and your permanent record for good. Sign up today and we will get started on your case right away.

Benefits Of Getting Arrest Record Sealed In California

There is nothing worse than suffering the consequences for something you did not do. A wrongful arrest can have a severe impact on your life and can serve as a permanent blemish on your criminal record. Getting your arrest record sealed can erase that blemish and provide you with not only the peace of mind of getting official recognition from the court that the arrest was in fact wrongful, but can also provide you with other tangible benefits in the state of California, such as:

  1. Will completely remove the arrest from you record for good.
  2. The arrest will no longer display on background checks.
  3. You can truthfully and legally answer "NO" on private sector job applications when asked if you have ever been arrested.
  4. You can greatly increase your earning capacity by becoming eligible for more employment opportunities.
  5. You may become eligible for more types of professional licenses and certificates
  6. You can become eligible for better student loans.
  7. You can become eligible for better housing assistance.
  8. You can honestly tell friends and family that you have never been arrested.
  9. You have the satisfaction of forgetting the past for good and moving forward into a more positive future.


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Why An Experienced Attorney Is Essential

The process of getting your arrest record sealed in California is a fairly complex area of law and should not be navigated without the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. The legal process resembles a miniature trial, wherein all evidentiary support demonstrating your factual innocence must be gathered and typically presented to the judge at a hearing. There is also often opposition from the prosecuting attorney or other agencies involved in the arrest, requiring oral arguments in support of your factual innocence to persuade the judge. Lastly, you only get one shot at getting your arrest record sealed. If the judge denies the petition, you will not be able to get the arrest records in question sealed in the future, so it is essential that everything is done correctly the first time.

Not only is hiring an attorney essential to your success, but it is important to hire an attorney with experience in record clearing laws in California. Here at Fresh Start Law Center we focus solely on California record laws, and from the second you sign up for our arrest record clearing service our knowledge and expertise will be applied to the unique facts surrounding your arrest. Your case will be handled from start to finish by an attorney that specializes in getting arrest records sealed in the state of California under PC 851.8. We are ready to help you put your wrongful arrest behind you. Are you ready?

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There is no reason to continue to let a wrongful arrest affect your future. We are able to get you relief by getting your arrest record sealed under PC 851.8. We specialize solely in California record clearing laws and are experienced with the arrest record sealing process, which greatly optimizes your chances at successfully getting the arrest record sealed. We really appreciate you taking the time to view our website and we hope that you found the information helpful. We truly look forward to helping you put your wrongful arrest behind you for good, allowing you to forget the past and embrace the future.

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David Huffman, Esq.
Founding Attorney, Fresh Start Law Center


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