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Can I Have My Record Cleared in California?

There are few things worse than being convicted of a crime. Unfortunately for many, a criminal conviction can drastically impact their lives for years to come, even after they’ve faced their initial punishments. This is because criminal convictions warrant criminal records. Fortunately, if you meet certain criteria, you may be able to have your record cleared. Please continue reading and speak with an experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer to learn more about whether you can have your record cleared and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What crimes cannot be cleared from a record in the state of California?

Unfortunately, there are many crimes that cannot be cleared from your record, or are otherwise ineligible for dismissal in the state of California. Some of the crimes that you cannot have dismissed in California are as follows:

  • Capital offenses
  • Rape
  • Arson
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Terrorism
  • Murder

Can I have my record cleared in California?

For many people who’ve been convicted of crimes in the state of California, dismissal of those crimes is not entirely out of the question. Some of the circumstances that may warrant dismissal are as follows:

  • If you’ve been convicted of an infraction, though you’ve waited one year after your conviction, you may apply for dismissal.
  • If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor charge, denied probation, and waited at least one year from the date of your being convicted of the misdemeanor, you may apply for dismissal.
  • Some people who have been convicted of misdemeanor or felony charges and completed probation and all terms of their probation may qualify for dismissal.

As long as you are someone who is currently not on probation or serving a sentence for any other criminal case and you do not have any additional pending criminal charges and you meet the aforementioned criteria, you may qualify for dismissal. If you have any additional questions or you believe you qualify for dismissal, simply speak with our experienced Red Bluff criminal lawyer today. Our firm is here to help you through every step of the legal process ahead.


Here at Cohen Criminal Law, we believe that everyone is innocent until proven guilty. Our mission is to defend your rights, and we are committed to that mission. We will be your number one advocate through every step of the process. Attorney Cohen has fought on behalf of those charged with crimes and traffic violations for over 30 years, and he is ready to fight for you, too. Contact Cohen Criminal Law today to schedule your free initial consultation with our firm.