California law allows for someone to remove convictions of their record by an expungement. If you or your family member is having a hard time getting a job or getting into school or passing licensing requirements then an expungement might be your answer. CALL NOW for a FREE CONSULT with an experienced attorney in Expungements at (209)-824-4520.


If you successfully complete your probationary term, including paying all fines and fees associated with your case, section 1203.4 of the California Penal Code allows you to petition the Court for a Post Disposition Dismissal and/or Reduction of your conviction so long as you:

  • Do not have any open cases in this county or any other county
  • Are not on probation
  • Are not serving time
  • All fines and fees must be paid in full

Benefits of a Post Disposition Dismissal

  • Result in a new entry in the court record showing a dismissal of the case and it will result in a notation on your “rap sheet” that your conviction has been dismissed per 1203.4.
  • It will allow you on most job applications to legally state that you were not convicted of a crime. However, if you are applying for a job as a peace officer (police officer, highway patrolman, sheriff’s deputy, etc.), you are required to disclose the conviction and subsequent expungement on the job application.
  • For felony convictions, a Post Disposition Dismissal is the first step in applying for a pardon.

Reduction of a Felony to a Misdemeanor

  • A felony conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor in some cases. Once declared a misdemeanor, the crime will be considered a misdemeanor “for all purposes.” However there are certain exceptions as the federal government can still consider the conviction a felony for purposes of its federal gun statutes.
  • You can request a felony be reduced to a misdemeanor while on probation, after probation, but most often this process is done through the expungement process, when probation is over and all fines and fees are paid.

A Post Disposition Dismissal Will Not

  • Remove the record of your arrest and conviction from the databases of federal and state law enforcement agencies. For instance, the FBI would still have a record of your conviction.
  • Reinstate your right to possess a gun.
  • Allow you to omit the conviction on an application for a government-issued license (e.g., insurance agent license, real estate agent license, etc.).
  • Seal or remove the court case file from public inspection. A person could still find out about the conviction by going to the court house and asking to review the court file.
  • Prevent the conviction from being used as a “prior” to increase punishment on a later conviction.
  • Prevent the conviction from being used by immigration officials for removal or exclusion proceedings.
  • Relieve you from any requirement to register as a sex offender under section 290.

Offenses that cannot be Dismissed

There are certain offenses that cannot be dismissed.

  • An offense that resulted in a State Prison sentence cannot be dismissed.
  • Certain Vehicle Code violations and sex offenses cannot be dismissed.
  • A case that has been dismissed cannot be dismissed.


What’s Next:

For more information about your charge and potential penalties and defenses contact an attorney immediately. If you or your family member has been arrested for these charges CALL NOW for a FREE CONSULT with an experienced attorney in EXPUNGEMENTS at (209)-824-4520.