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Post-Conviction Relief

A past criminal conviction can lock up your career.

A criminal conviction is a common reason your application to your licensing board, department, or agency may be denied. In addition, a criminal conviction can be the sole basis to have an Accusation filed against you. It is imperative that you have an experienced attorney assist you in cleaning up your record before applying for the career of your choice, and when defending you in an Accusation.

Expunging a criminal conviction will be seen as rehabilitative

While expunging a criminal conviction will not “save the day,” it will be seen as rehabilitative. The attorneys at Unlock Legal have filed hundreds of petitions for dismissal, or “expungements,” on our clients’ behalf.

Petition for Dismissal (aka “expungement”)

To clean up your record, we will:

  • review your Department of Justice report, aka your RAP sheet;
  • file a petition for dismissal on your behalf in the court where the conviction occurred;
  • when a petition for dismissal is granted, it means that your guilty plea is withdrawn and the case against you has been dismissed.

Once granted, you may honestly state that you have not been convicted of a crime. However, if you are applying for a professional license, you still must disclose the prior conviction even if it has been expunged.

You may be able to terminate probation early.

Motion for Early Termination/Motion to reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor

If you are still on state court criminal probation, we will;

  • file a motion for early termination of probation; and
  • file the petition for dismissal;

If the underlying matter is a felony (with no jail time), we will:

  • file a petition for reduction to a misdemeanor pursuant to Penal Code section 17(b).

Certificate of Rehabilitation

If your conviction is a felony with prison time, we can:

  • file a Certificate of Rehabilitation for you which will assist you in moving forward with your licensing boards.

We are experienced attorneys in all aspects of record clearance, post-conviction relief, and will always do our best to achieve the best possible outcome for you.

Professionals We Have Helped

“Miranda went above and beyond to help resolve my case. She was attentive, hard working, and extremely thorough from our initial consultation. I would highly recommend Miranda McCroskey!”


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