ON DEMAND: Cleaning Your Criminal Record: Where You Begin

Class recorded December 15, 2023

A criminal record can prevent a person from accessing employment, housing, and other important opportunities – even if it involves a minor offense or something that happened long ago. Fortunately, many California state court criminal convictions can be cleaned from your record. Although “expungement” is not available in this state, California law does provide many of the same benefits through reduction and dismissal of old or minor convictions. In this class, learn what types of convictions are eligible, the process involved for different types of records, and resources available to help.

Class covers:

  • What it means to clean your criminal record in California (and what “expungement” means)
  • The process for petitioning to dismiss misdemeanor and some felony sentences
  • The process for petitioning to reduce felony sentences, and which felonies are eligible for reduction
  • Information and forms required for petitions
  • Resources for additional information and assistance

Presented by: Alicia Friedman, Library Associate, LA Law Library
Alicia Friedman is a Library Associate at LA Library. She received her Master of Library and Information Science from Syracuse University. Alicia has worked in the law libraries of private law firms and at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County, helping with reference and other research services. Alicia is dedicated to help the members of her community with their legal information needs.

Registration Fee: FREE

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