Certificate of Rehabilitation and Governor’s Pardon California Penal Code 4852

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Are You Looking To Obtain A Certificate of Rehabilitation?

For over 40 years, the criminal defense attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have helped hundreds of clients to obtain a certificate of rehabilitation. Navigating through the legal system can be a very difficult process but the lawyers at Wallin & Klarich is here to help you obtain your certificate of rehabilitation as quickly as possible. You should speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney who handles certificate of rehabilitation to guide you through this lengthy process.

Obtaining a certificate of rehabilitation can drastically improve your life by restoring certain rights, remove certain reporting requirements and clean up your criminal record as well.

Read below for more information on obtaining a certificate of rehabilitation laws or simply pick up the phone and call (877) 466-5245 for a free, immediate advice from an expert California certificate of rehabilitation lawyer.

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For over 40 years, the California certificate of rehabilitation lawyers at Wallin & Klarich have helped many people like you get the best possible results in their case. Here are just a few testimonials provided by some of our previous clients who wanted to share their stories:

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“I would like to sincerely thank you for helping me with obtaining my Certificate of Rehabilitation. I now realize the importance of obtaining a law firm that has years of experience in criminal law. The way the package was organized and presented to the presiding judge was very impressive to me.

The person that tried to obtain the Certificate of Rehabilitation ahead of us–I could tell that his attorney was not as organized as your firm is. He was denied because his attorney had not prepared him as well as your firm prepared me with testing and organizing the reference letters and other materials necessary to convince the judge that I am truly rehabilitated and a changed person since the date of the crime I committed.

Again, I am truly grateful and humbled by this experience.

God bless you.”

– R.G.

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You can place your trust in Wallin & Klarich. Our knowledgeable California certificate of rehabilitation lawyers are committed to defending your rights and your freedom. Call us today for immediate help on your legal matter.

For more information on certificate of rehabilitation laws, read below or simply pick up the phone and speak to one of our skilled criminal defense attorneys today.

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A) Certificate of Rehabilitation

If you were convicted of a felony in California or a misdemeanor sex offense, you may qualify for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. Such relief can be found in California Penal Code section 4852. Obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation can help an individual restore certain rights and will clean up your criminal record. It can also absolve one’s obligation to register as a sex offender under certain circumstances.

What is a certificate of rehabilitation?

A Certificate of Rehabilitation is a court order declaring that a person convicted of a felony (or a certain misdemeanor sex offense) is now rehabilitated. If a petition for a Certificate of Rehabilitation is granted, it is forwarded to the Governor by the court and constitutes an application for a pardon. The laws pertaining to the Certificate of Rehabilitation can be found in 4852.01 to 4852.21. Receipt by the Governor of a Certificate of Rehabilitation does not guarantee that a pardon will be granted.

Who qualifies for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation?

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Generally, any person convicted of a felony (or certain misdemeanor sex crimes) who still resides in California may apply to the superior court in his or her county of residence for a Certificate of Rehabilitation, provided that he or she meets the requirements of demonstrated rehabilitation required by law. (Penal Code section 4852.06).

Special laws apply to those convicted of sex offenses. Persons convicted of misdemeanor sex offenses specified in Penal Code section 290 may apply if the conviction has been dismissed under Penal Code section 1203.4. Persons convicted of a felony offense under Penal Code section 286(c), 288, 288.5 or 289(j) are not eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. A Certificate of Rehabilitation may relieve some offenders from having to register as a sex offender under Penal Code section 290.

B) Governor’s Pardon in California

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A California Governor’s pardon is an honor traditionally granted only to individuals who have demonstrated exemplary behavior following a felony conviction or certain misdemeanor sex offenses. A pardon will not be granted unless it has been earned. Obtaining a pardon is a distinct achievement based upon proof of a useful, productive, and law-abiding life following conviction. The Governor has complete discretion in deciding whether to grant a pardon. A pardon is a privilege, not a right, and not granted to every person who applies.

Absent extraordinary and compelling circumstances, an application will not be considered unless the applicant has been discharged from probation or parole for at least ten years without further criminal activity during that period.

Who qualifies for a California Governor’s Pardon?

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Applications may be accepted from any person who has been convicted in California of a felony or certain specified misdemeanor sex 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. The procedure utilized will depend on the circumstances of each case, as explained below.

Call us today to apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a Governor’s Pardon

Since both a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Governor’s pardon are similar and unique, they will be addressed together in this section. The law firm of Wallin and Klarich has been successfully representing people for over 40 years and has obtained many certificates and pardons for our clients over that time.

If you or your loved one is looking for a second chance in life and wish to apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a Governor’s Pardon in California, please contact your attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. With offices in Orange County, Los Angeles, Torrance, Sherman Oaks, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, Victorville, Ventura and West Covina, your attorneys at Wallin & Klarich are available anywhere in Southern California. Call us today at (877) 466-5245.  We will get through this together.

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