San Jose, Oakland, Palo Alto, Berkeley Record Clearing
All legal work is done by an Attorney with 25 + years legal experience and more than 4000 successful expungement cases. We have extensive experience in the Santa Clara County court system.
Contrary to popular belief, records of criminal convictions in Santa Clara County are not expunged automatically with the passage of time, but require the filing and granting of a Petition for relief by the Court.
Misdemeanor and felony convictions can usually be expunged. Once relief has been granted, you can honestly answer "no" to a question regarding criminal convictions in many circumstances.
The procedure can take from 10-16 weeks depending upon the Court, the complexity of the case, and how old the conviction is. Some delays can occur as this is a large county with limited resources dedicated to expungement processing. San Jose is by far the busiest Court, and the majority of expungements are processed there.
Our fees are reasonable, and include the petition, court hearings, filing fees and research. You will not need to appear in Court.
Santa Clara Courts are reasonable about granting expungement petitions although probation violations are a challenge here. They are reasonably well informed on the law, and the rights of petitioners. They can be difficult in reduction to misdemeanors, and often expect significant time to pass before a 17 b reduction will be granted. Cases run through a "clearing house" in the Probation Department, so multiple cases only require one filing fee ($150) thus saving costs for individuals with multiple cases.
Please give us a call to discuss your case; consultation is free. 800 495-2819.
A California criminal expungement is a legal process that petitions the Court to review a conviction to determine:
- If probation was successfully completed, or, if no probation was granted, a year has passed since the conviction;
- That all fines, restitution and reimbursement ordered by the court has been paid;
- That the petitioner is not now on probation for another offense;
- That the petitioner has no new pending cases;
The Court then allows the petitioner to withdraw their plea or finding of guilt, enter a new "not guilty" plea, and orders the case dismissed.
You will receive a copy of the Court Order when your case is complete.
SANTA CLARA COUNTY COURT LOCATIONS:
Palo Alto Courthouse
270 Grant Avenue, Palo Alto CA 94306
605 W El Camino Real Sunnyvale, CA 94087-1212, US
Santa Clara Courthouse
1095 Homestead Rd Santa Clara, CA 95050, US
Juvenile Delinquency Court
840 Guadalupe Parkway, San Jose CA 95110
Hall of Justice (HOJ)
190 W. Hedding Street, San Jose CA 95110
Notre Dame Courthouse
99 Notre Dame Ave., San Jose CA 95113
Terraine Courthouse (Drug Court)
115 Terraine Street, San Jose CA 95113
170 Park Avenue, San Jose CA 95113
Downtown Superior Court (DTS)
191 N. First Street, San Jose CA 95113
Old (Historic) Courthouse
161 N. First Street, San Jose CA 95113
South County Courthouse Morgan Hill
301 Diana Avenue Morgan Hill, CA 95037