Fresh Start: Comprehensive Criminal Record Relief Program

A criminal record can make finding employment, obtaining housing, enrolling in and funding an education, and securing other civic opportunities very difficult.  The good news is that there are options for you to move forward, even if you have made mistakes in the past.  From reducing felony convictions to misdemeanors to dismissing/expunging your criminal record to getting Certificates of Rehabilitation, the County of San Diego Office of the Public Defender is pleased to help you with your Fresh Start!


Our experienced attorneys will review your criminal history and seek all appropriate methods of relief for you. 


We may be able to assist you with:

·    Expungement (Dismissal) of Criminal Convictions

·    Prop. 47 Relief (Reducing Certain Low Level Felonies to Misdemeanors)

·    Prop. 64 Relief (Reducing Certain Marijuana Crimes)

·    Motions to Reduce Felony Convictions to Misdemeanors

·    Motions for Early Termination of Probation

·    Certificates of Rehabilitation/Gubernatorial Pardons

·    Gang Documentation Relief

·    Human Trafficking Victim Conviction Relief

·    DNA Database Expungement

·    Correcting Errors in Department of Justice Criminal History Records

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·    Dismissal Petitions for Successful PC1000 Participants with Immigration Consequences per PC1203.43

·    Sealing Adult Arrest Records for the Factually Innocent


To request assistance, please fill out a Fresh Start Request for Assistance form.  You may return the form through email, fax, mail, or drop off at the address below.


Office of the Public Defender                      E-mail:

Fresh Start Program                                   Fax:  (619) 338-4811 (Attn: Fresh Start Program)

450 B Street, Suite 900                              

San Diego, CA  92101