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Quick Guide: Sealing criminal records/arrests, expungements, and pardons

Quick Guide: California Expungements, Pardons, and Sealing Criminal Records

We’ve slowly been building our California code section guides, and, we’ve paid special attention to code sections that help those who were arrested or convicted move on from those arrests or convictions.

Specifically, we’ve taken a look at sealing juvenile criminal records, adult arrest records, adult convictions, and pardons for past crimes. In case you missed them, here’s a quick guide to the info:

Sealing Juvenile Criminal Records
Someone’s criminal record from before they turned 18 isn’t automatically erased when they turn 18. There are certain requirements that the person must meet and a certain process they should follow to get rid of those juvenile records. We take a look at the process of sealing and destroying juvenile arrest and conviction records, and what that process can and can’t do. Read More: Sealing Juvenile Criminal Records
Sealing Adult Arrest Records
Even if someone was not charged with a crime after an arrest, the record of that arrest can still have a negative affect. We take a look at the process of sealing and destroying arrest records acquired as an adult in California. Read More: Sealing Adult Arrest Records
Sealing Adult Conviction Records
If someone is convicted in a criminal case in California, there are still things that a criminal defense attorney can do to help him or her move on from the criminal conviction. One of these things is getting rid of (or expunging) the criminal conviction record. We take a look at the requirements for getting an adult conviction record expunged, and explore what the process can and can’t do. Read More: Sealing Adult Conviction Records
Getting a Certificate of Rehabilitation/Gubernatorial Pardon
Many people go on to live productive lives after being convicted of the criminal charges filed against them. Rather than live with those criminal charges for the rest of their lives, those who have been convicted and have been rehabilitated can seek a pardon from the California governor. We take a look at how getting a governor’s pardon can help those previously convicted of a crime move on with their lives. Read More: Getting a Certificate of Rehabilitation/Gubernatorial Pardon