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    Obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation.


    If you went to state prison, you will need to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation rather than an expungement.

    WHAT IS A CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION?

    Simply put, a way to get your life back.

    A California Certificate of Rehabilitation is granted by a court to designate that you are rehabilitated and that the offense should not be used to deny you licensing opportunities. Furthermore, most certificates instantly submit a pardon application with the Governor’s office.

    Once you obtain a California Certificate of Rehabilitation you will no longer be able to be denied a license for employment purposes. Depending on the nature of your employment, this is tremendous relief. You will also be able to finally put your conviction behind and move forward with your life.

    Lifeback Legal is a division of the law firm of Shea M. Randall. We are experienced California Certificate of Rehabilitation attorneys who can help you obtain a Certificate. We understand your desire to have a confidential advocate and are here to assist you.

    Begin your California Certificate of Rehabilitation online today or contact our office now to speak with a California Certificate of Rehabilitation lawyer today.

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    HOW DO I KNOW IF I QUALIFY FOR A CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION?

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    GENERAL REQUIREMENTS


    You qualify for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation if you meet the required wait period and your case fits into any of the following categories:

    • You were convicted of a felony
    • You were convicted of a felony and were committed to a state prison or other institution or agency
    • You were committed to a county jail pursuant to subdivision (h) of Section 1170

    In addition, if your case involved a felony or a misdemeanor sex offense for which sex offender registration is required under California Penal Code Section 290, you must meet the following addition requirements:

    • Your case has been dismissed or expunged under California Penal Code Section 1203.4
    • You have not been incarcerated in a prison, jail, detention facility, or other penal institution or agency since the dismissal of the accusatory pleading, and
    • You are not currently on probation for the commission of any other felony
    Certificate of Rehabilitation

    Have confidence knowing you have been deemed “rehabilitated.”


    Feel confident in a job interview that your past is truly behind you.

    You are also not eligible for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation if your case involved any of the following:

    • Mandatory life parole
    • Persons committed under death sentences
    • Persons convicted of a violation of Section 269, subdivision (c) of Section 286, Section 288, subdivision (c) of Section 288a, Section 288.5, Section 288.7, or subdivision (j) of Section 289, or
    • Persons in military service

    For persons, however, who have been convicted under Section 269 subdivision (c) of Section 286, Section 288, subdivision (c) of Section 288a, Section 288.5, Section 288.7, or subdivision (j) of Section 289, the Governor of California still has the right to pardon if there are extraordinary circumstances.


    CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION WAIT PERIODS EXPLAINED


    In order to qualify for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation, you also have to meet the required wait period. These required wait times include a minimum five-year residency within the state of California plus a period of time determined by the following rules:

    • An additional four years in the case of a person convicted of violating Section 187, 209, 219, 4500, or 18755 of this code, or subdivision (a) of Section 1672 of the Military and Veterans Code, or of committing any other offense which carries a life sentence.
    • An additional five years in the case of a person convicted of committing an offense or attempted offense for which sex offender registration is required pursuant to Section 290, except that in the case of a person convicted of a violation of subdivision (b), (c), or (d) of Section 311.2, or of Section 311.3, 311.10, or 314, an additional two years.
    • An additional two years in the case of a person convicted of committing an offense that is not listed above and that does not carry a life sentence.

    The required wait times begin when you are discharged from custody, released on parole, complete your post-release community supervision, mandatory supervision, or probation – whichever  is sooner. Furthermore, a change in your residence within California does not interrupt the prescribed residency requirement.

    Please note: if you were ordered to serve consecutive sentences, the Court may order that the the allotted time requirement be extended for an additional period of time so long as the allotted time and the combined time served does not exceed the period prescribed by the statute for the sum of the maximum penalties for all of the crimes for which you were sentenced.


    FINAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION


    In order to qualify for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation, you also must have paid all fines, fees, and restitution on your case, completed all court ordered classes and programs, and can demonstrate to the Court that you have been reformed. “Reformed” means that you must be able to show that you have lived an honest and upright life, conducted yourself with sobriety and industry, exhibited good moral character, and conformed to and obeyed the laws of the land during the required wait period. If your case involved a sex offense, you must also show that you do not present a continuing threat to minors, generally with a psychiatric evaluation.

    Finally, in certain cases, we must apply to have your case dismissed pursuant to California Penal Code 1203.4 prior to filing for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation. This is required when you were never incarcerated in prison.


    BENEFITS OF A CALIFORNIA CERTIFICATE OF REHABILITATION AND PARDON BY THE GOVERNOR


    If the Court grants your California Certificate of Rehabilitation the court will make an order declaring that you have been rehabilitated and recommend that the Governor grant you a full pardon. This recommendation to the Governor by the Court is treated as a Pardon application. The Court will also send certified copies of the Certificate to the Governor of California, to the Board of Parole Hearings, the Department of Justice, and, in the case of persons twice convicted of a felony, to the California Supreme Court. The Department of Justice will then immediately record the facts so reported on the former criminal record of the person, and transmit those facts to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) at Washington, D.C. When the criminal record is thereafter reported by the department, it will also report the fact that the person has received a certificate of rehabilitation.

    This Certificate of Rehabilitation will allow you to live with the knowledge that you have been deemed rehabilitated after your sentence by the courts and will mean that you cannot be denied a professional license based on your past criminal history. This does not mean that a licensing board must reinstate a previously revoked or suspended license that was revoked or suspended for something other than your conviction, but merely that they cannot deny you a license based on your conviction alone.

    Finally, the Governor of California may also choose to review the Court’s recommendation to grant you a full pardon and may, without any further investigation, issue you a Pardon. The only exception to this is if you were convicted of more than two felonies, than the Governor may only grant a Pardon on the written recommendation of a majority of the judges of the California Supreme Court. If a person, however, receives a full and unconditional Pardon by the Governor, based upon a Certificate of Rehabilitation, the Pardon will entitle the person to exercise all their civil and political rights, including, but not limited to: (1) the right to vote; (2) the right to own, possess, and keep any type of firearm that may lawfully be owned and possessed by other citizens unless, of course, if the person was convicted of a felony involving the use of a dangerous weapon.



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    The entire process for a California certificate of rehabilitation is very labor intensive and we do not recommend pursuing it without a licensed attorney. Due to the high standard required by the Courts, you want to ensure that your Certificate petition is well supported and documents your extensive rehabilitation. The process of building a strong application may take several weeks to months depending on the nature of your situation.

    Once filed, the prosecutor will be given time to respond. After the prosecutor responds, it then goes before the judge with typically several hearings. We will represent you at all required hearings and you will not be required to attend. If your case was a sex offense or very serious, then your chances of success are lower, but everything is decided on a case-by-case basis.

    Lifeback Legal is a division of the Law Firm of Shea M. Randall, a trusted California Law Firm. We specialize in helping individuals get their life back with California criminal record expungements and federal licensing services. We are a full service Law Firm — from gathering documentation, hand-crafting petitions, and dealing with the headache of the Courts.

    When you contact our office you will be in direct contact with our founding attorney, Mr. Shea M. Randall. Mr. Randall provides outstanding one-on-one communication with clients to ensure all of your legal needs are met.

    Begin your California Certificate of Rehabilitation online today or contact our office now to speak with a California Certificate of Rehabilitation lawyer today at (888) 751-5329.

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    $1,725*
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    INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

    • Case handled 100% by a California Licensed Attorney
    • Filing Fees Included
    • Expedited Filing
    • Fixed, Flat Fee
    • Outstanding Customer Service

    * The Governor can only grant a pardon if your record includes only one felony. If there are more, then the pardon must be approved by the CA Supreme Court prior to the Governor’s office. In addition, some courts require sex offenders to obtain a psychological evaluation prior to granting a certificate.

    Thousands of Certificates granted.



    Determine now if you qualify for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation and sign up online today. No wait, no hassle.

      Get your life back
      with Lifeback Legal.

      • Case handled by California licensed attorneys.
      • Expedited filing on all Certificate applications
      • Affordable, flat fees including attorney fees.
      • Interest-free payment plans.
      • 14-day price matching guarantee.
      California Criminal Record Expungements

      Need assistance?
      Call (888) 751-5329 for a free 15-minute consultation.