Governor Gavin Newsom signed SB 731 on September 29, 2022, and it will take effect on July 1, 2023. The new law will give many individuals with criminal records a fresh start by automatically clearing their arrest and conviction records. Additionally, those convicted of most felonies can petition for expungement.
Eligibility for Record Clearing
While this new law is great news for those with a criminal record, it is essential to note that criteria must be met to take advantage of it. We discussed the eligibility requirements in a previous blog, including completing sentence terms and remaining crime free. Still, it is important to mention that automatic record sealing does not apply to serious violent crimes, and expungement is not available for those convicted of sex crimes.
Start Preparing for Record Clearing
With the new law taking effect in just two months, the time to start preparing for record clearing is now. Hiring a criminal defense attorney is an essential first step in the process. They can help determine whether you meet the eligibility requirements for automatic record clearing or must petition for expungement. They can also help you start preparing the necessary paperwork so that it's ready when SB 731 takes effect.
Being prepared to file for relief can facilitate a faster decision, which means the hurdles faced because of your arrest or conviction could be removed sooner, giving you a second chance.
At The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates in Rancho Cucamonga, we understand that having a criminal record can create barriers in many areas of your life, including employment, housing, and education. We are here to help individuals take advantage of the new law and move forward with a clean slate.
Contact us at (909) 658-7341 today to schedule a consultation to discuss the record-clearing process.