"Fresh Start Law Center was a lifesaver! They listened to the details of my situation and explained the law to me. They quickly filed my petition, and handled everything from start to finish. Now my felony has been expunged and I can finally hold my head high in job interviews and answer questions honestly. I am so thankful I hired them."
"I thought I was stuck until my probation was over, and a friend told me about Fresh Start. I signed up for their early probation termination service and within 2 months I was off of probation plus my felony was expunged at the same time. What a huge relief it has been on my life. I am sure glad I found Fresh Start Law Center."
"I was crushed when I got my DUI and just wanted to put it behind me. Fresh Start got me off of probation early and then expunged my DUI conviction. What a relief it has been! I am so glad I found them. They were extremely friendly and easy to work with?"
"I had a horrible experience wherein I was wrongfully arrested for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fresh Start assured me they could help me and they sure did. It only took about 3 months to get the arrest record sealed which was very satisfying."
California Certificate Of Rehabilitation
Unfortunately if you have been convicted crime, and served any amount of time in state prison, then the underlying conviction cannot be expunged in the state of California. However, we are able to petition the court under California Penal Code 4852.01 for a certificate of rehabilitation. This is a strong official endorsement from the court showing that your criminal history is behind you and that you are a valued and productive member of society.
Although a California certificate of rehabilitation will not expunge your underlying conviction, it does show potential employers, family and friends that you are changed person and have taken the steps necessary to put your criminal history behind you for good. A successful petition for a certificate of rehabilitation in California also creates an automatic application for an official pardon from the governor of California.
We specialize in California record clearing laws and have handled many certificate of rehabilitation cases. Our expertise and knowledge will optimize your chance of successfully obtaining a certificate of rehabilitation, allowing you to officially put the past behind so that you can move forward and embrace the future.
California Certificate Of Rehabilitation Summary
If you served any amount of time in state prison for a past conviction then a certificate of rehabilitation is a great way to demonstrate that you have officially put the past behind you and that the court officially deems you a valuable and productive member of society. Although it is true that once you serve time in state prison you can no longer expunge your underlying conviction, a PC 4852.01 petition does allow relief in the form of a certificate of rehabilitation, which will make you a much more marketable employment candidate in this tough job market.
There are certain requirements that must be met to make you eligible for a California certificate of rehabilitation:
- Your sentence required you to serve time in state prison and you served your time, and you are no longer on probation or parole.
- You have not served any time in jail or state prison since your original release.
- You must have lived in the state of California for the last five years.
- At least seven years must have passed since your original release date.
- You have been a productive member of society, living a clean and sober life, since your release.
Although a certificate of rehabilitation will not erase your conviction, it is a very positive addition to your permanent record, and it looks very good to potential employers. The average certificate of rehabilitation case takes 2-6 months depending on how backed up the courts are at the time we file the petition. Also an added bonus of successfully petitioning for the certificate of rehabilitation is that it creates an automatic application for an official pardon from the California Governor.
Fresh Start Law Center specializes in California PC 4852.01 certificate of rehabilitation cases, and we pride ourselves on applying our expertise and knowledge to the unique facts of your situation. There is no better time than now to start the process that will demonstrate to everybody that your past is behind you and that you are fully ready to embrace a positive future.
California Certificate Of Rehabilitation Benefits
There are numerous benefits to getting a certificate of rehabilitation in California. Here is a list of a few of the benefits:
- Sends a strong and positive official message to potential employers and society that you have taken the necessary steps to put the past behind you and that you are now a lawful, valued, and positive member of society.
- Greatly increases your marketability in this tough job market.
- Many state licensing agencies take into account the certificate when considering whether to grant a state license, and cannot discriminate based on your felony if you have obtained a certificate of rehabilitation.
- Creates automatic application for a pardon from the California governor.
- You will demonstrate to your family and friends that you are serious about your future and that you are determined to put the past behind you for good.
Why An Experienced Attorney Is Essential
Petitioning the court for a certificate of rehabilitation is a complex legal process and should be handled by an experienced and knowledgeable attorney. It is important that an attorney analyzes your unique facts to ensure that your situation is in fact eligible for a certificate of rehabilitation under PC 4852.01. Once eligibility is confirmed a thorough and concise petition must be filed with the appropriate court and all appropriate parties must be given timely notice. The judge will then schedule a hearing date wherein evidentiary support must be provided, demonstrating your full rehabilitation and that you are now a productive member of society. Having an experienced attorney who will prepare all petitions and motions for you and who will attend the hearing and argue on your behalf is essential to your success.
Fresh Start Law Center deals solely with California record clearing laws and has handled many certificate of rehabilitation cases. Our specialized and focused knowledge enables us to not only provide top notch expert certificate of rehab legal service, but to provide this service at the lowest price anywhere (we guarantee our price is the lowest). This allows you to receive the aid of a knowledgeable attorney, at a price you can afford.
We appreciate you spending the time to view our website, and hope that you have found the information helpful. We specialize in record clearing laws in California, and look forward to the opportunity to apply our focused expertise to the unique details of your case. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We are excited to help you forget about the past for good so that you can move forward and embrace the future.
David Huffman, Esq.
Founding Attorney, Fresh Start Law Center