ARC Legal Clinic
The American River College Legal Assisting Program is proud to partner with local bar associations to host a monthly expungement workshop for individuals with records in California.
The clinic is open to ARC students, faculty, staff, and the general public.
We will assist people only with criminal convictions obtained in California. Other states, the military, and the federal government may have similar procedures, but you must check with them to find out what is required.
Try the Public Defender's Office for the county you were convicted in, the Judge Advocate General's Office (Navy), (Army), (Air Force) for military convictions, or the Federal Defender's Office for federal convictions.
For more information visit the California Courts website.
Will attorneys be present?
Yes, ARC's Legal Assisting students will be assisting clinic participants with the paperwork necessary to file a petition for dismissal. Volunteer attorneys from the Wiley Manual Bar Association, The Cruz Reynoso Bar Association, and from the greater Sacramento legal community will be present to answer questions and review applications.
How do I get my rap sheet?
Applicants must first complete a Live Scan fingerprint application and then take that applicatoin to a Live Scan location to have finger prints taken. There are different applications for California and out-of-state residents, so make sure you pick the right applicatoin.
What happens when my record is expunged?
The most common reason for obtaining relief pursuant to PC1203.4/1203.4a is to allow the previously-convicted person to state on non-governmental employment applications that they have not been convicted of a felony. However, the record of conviction continues to exist and continues to have certain effects. A clearance of this type does not eliminate all possible adverse consequences or release a person from all "penalties and disabilities" resulting from the charges in the case:
- Information relating to the case may be available to others when the release of such information is authorized by law.
- A dismissal pursuant to PC 1203.4/1203.4a does not relieve you from the obligation to disclose the conviction in response to any direct question contained in any questionnaire or application for public office, for licensure by any state or local agency, or for contracting with the California State Lottery, but allows you to indicate "no" on most employment applications that ask whether you have been convicted of a crime.
- A dismissal pursuant to PC 1203.4/1203.4a will not keep the conviction from being used against a person as a prior conviction in any future criminal proceedings, such as for enhancing a prison sentence.
- A dismissal pursuant to PC 1203.4/1203.4a will not avoid suspension of one's driving privilege as set forth in Section 13555 of the Vehicle Code. Granting of the Petition does not affect Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) actions or future consequences for crimes involving operation of a motor vehicle.
- A dismissal pursuant to PC 1203.4/1203.4a will not permit the person convicted to own, possess, or have in their custody or control a firearm, and will not prevent a person from being convicted under Section 12021 of the Penal Code (person prohibited from possessing a firearm) in the future.
- Granting of the Petition does not relieve you from any obligation to register under Penal Code §290.
- Granting of the Petition does not seal your record, destroy or remove any entries from the court, law enforcement, Department of Justice or DMV. The case, including the conviction will remain public record.
The Sacramento County Law Library has created a guide to assist in understanding the expungement process.