For assistance with the Relief Program, contact your nearest Public Defender Office.

Law Office of the Public Defender

Post Conviction Relief Dept.
4200 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 955-6000
Law Office of the Public Defender

Post Conviction Relief Dept.
30755 Auld Rd. #D
Murrieta, CA 92563
(951) 304-5600

Law Office of the Public Defender

Post Conviction Relief Dept.
82995 Highway 111, Suite 200
Indio, CA 92201
(760) 863-8231


You can also email us at: Relief Program Support

We've all made mistakes in our life and would love the opportunity for a second chance. This program is designed to give you information about the various types of post-conviction relief available and about the process to clear your record.

The Relief Program gives you a brief explanation about the various types of relief available, including early termination of probation, reduction to a misdemeanor, expungment, and Certificates of Rehabilitation.

In our "Get Started" section, you'll find a link to our "Relief Program Packet" which you'll need to submit to request our services in clearing your criminal record.

You'll also find links to contact our professional staff, in the event you still have questions on any available relief, or to track the progress of your request.

If you are still on probation and would like to terminate your probation early, we can help. In seeking this relief, you must have a good reason to make this request. For example, you have an offer for a job or are seeking a job that requires that you are not currently on probation, or that as part of your plea agreement you were promised an early termination of probation upon the successful completion of certain terms and conditions of probation.
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Under Penal Code section 1203.4, a conviction may be set aside and dismissed on your record so that when you apply for most jobs you can legally indicate that you were not covicted of that crime. In order to qualify, you must not be on probation or parole, you were not sentenced to state prison on this case, you are not currently charged for a crime, and your conviction is from Riverside County.
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You may be eligible to have your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor pursuant to 17(b) of the California Penal Code. If you are still on probation and as part of your disposition (plea) in your case you were advised that after the fulfillment of certain terms and conditions you would receive a misdemeanor, we can help. Not all felonies are eligible for reduction to misdemeanors. Only felonies that are deemed to be "wobblers", that is where the sentence can be state prison or local jail, may be reduced.
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Charges and convictions that resulted in a state prison sentence cannot be expunged (dismissed). You may, however, qualify for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. You are eligible to apply for this relief if you currently reside in Riverside County, it has been seven (7) years since your release from state prison on parole and you have NOT suffered any NEW convictions/violations since your release on parole, and you have resided in Riverside County for the past five (5) years. Once a Certificate of Rehabilitation is granted by a Riverside County Superior Court Judge, it is forwarded to the Governor's Office as an application for a pardon.
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Early Termination of Probation?

Expungements?

Reduction to Misdemeanor?


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4200 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501
Office: (951) 955-6000
Fax: (951) 955-6025

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