Applications may be accepted from any person who has been convicted in California of a felony or certain specified misdemeanor offenses.
In most cases, the first step in applying is to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation from the Superior Court in the county where the applicant currently resides. All other cases are by way of a direct or “traditional pardon”application.
WHAT CAN A CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION AND PARDON DO FOR ME?
A Certificate of Rehabilitation is a court order, which declares that a person who has been convicted of a felony has been rehabilitated. Once granted, the Certificate of Rehabilitation is forwarded to the Governor of the State of California by the court and is construed as an application for a pardon.
Of equal importance, obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation in California opens the door to seek California State Certifications, Student Loans, and Housing Assistance. It also helps you overcome background checks associated with apartment and house rental applications.
There is nothing worse than losing an employment opportunity for that dream job because of a state prison commitment on your record where there is no showing of rehabilitation when the prospective employer conducts a criminal background check.
There is nothing worse than being unable to fulfill your goals of entering a professional field (Medical, Real Estate, Contracting, Government or State Agencies) after years of education because you can't enter an internship, externship or pass a state licensing exam because of a decade old blemish on your record revealed by a background check.
Why even take the chance! You have worked too hard and come too far to let your past mistakes deny you the opportunity to provide a better life for you and your family. Here is an affordable way to overcome those obstacles and move forward with your career without fail or worry. You can take those steps to obtain closure of your past mistakes today by taking a few moments to determine your eligibility, provide some information, and make your payment. The relief you will receive is priceless.
ARE THERE ANY VIOLATIONS THAT ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION AND PARDON RELIEF?
Pursuant to California Penal Code section 4852.01 through 4852.21, defendants are ineligible to seek California Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon relief if:
- They fail to meet the above requirements
- They were only convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses that have not been expunged under California Penal Code section 1203.4
- They were convicted of any of the following non expungeable offenses:
- PC 286(c) (Sex Offenses)
- PC 288a(c)
- PC 288
- Pc 288.5
- PC 289(j)
- Serving Mandatory Life Parole or incarcerated serving a sentence of death
- Those persons in the military service
ARE THERE ANY COURT FILING OR ADMINISTRATIVE FEES?
No, currently there are no filing fees associated with Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon applications.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO TO GET STARTED?
Just fill out the application form and submit your application. You can make your payment right now with any major credit card or Paypal, or one of our staff will follow up with you to help answer your questions and help you complete the process. If you have Court documents in your possession, you can fax or email them to our office which allows us to expedite your document preparation and submission even faster.