If you have misdemeanor(s)on your record Penal Code Section 1203.4 permits you to request to withdraw your plea of guilty or Nolo Contendere (No Contest) and set aside the guilty verdict.
The Public Defender only handles expungements (record clearances) through an agreement with Social Services for CalWORKS clients. For more information on record clearances please go to the Probation Department Record Clearance web site.
Three Strikes Reform Project
WHAT IS PROPOSITION 36 - Three Strikes Reform?
- Prop. 36 restores the original intent of the Three Strikes law by requiring that life sentences be imposed for serious or violent crimes.
- Repeat offenders who commit minor, non-violent crimes will receive double the ordinary sentence instead of life.
- Inmates currently serving life sentences for non-serious, non-violent crimes can apply for a new sentence, but the sentence can only be reduced if a judge determines that they are no longer an unreasonable threat to public safety.
- No rapists, murders, or child molesters will benefit from Prop. 36. The initiative includes a safety clause that prohibits anyone who has past convictions for very violent crimes from receiving any benefit of the change in law, no matter how minor the defendant’s third strike offense.
- Prop. 36 does not change the definition of burglary or alter the list of serious or violent crimes. Nor does Prop. 36 have any impact on so-called “second strike” sentences.
- The non-partisan Legislative Analyst’s Office projects that the Reform Act may save the state over $70-100 million annually.