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1021 I Street, 201
P.O. Box 3428
Modesto, CA 95353
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Phone: (209) 525-4200

Fax: (209) 525-4244

Mon - Fri: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Fresh Start Program

A criminal record can make finding employment, obtaining housing, enrolling in and funding an education, and obtaining/retaining legal permanent residence or citizenship status very difficult.

The good news is that there are options for you to move forward, even if you have made mistakes in the past, and the Public Defender’s Office would be happy to help you get off to a Fresh Start! Our staff will review your criminal history and seek all appropriate methods of relief for you.

In order to best advise you on your record relief options, we will obtain a copy of your California Department of Justice Criminal History Report and potentially other court records on your behalf at no cost to you.

  • Expungement (Dismissal) of Criminal Convictions
  • Prop. 47 Relief (Reclassifying Certain Low Level Felonies to Misdemeanors)
  • Prop. 64 Relief (Reclassifying Certain Marijuana Crimes)
  • Motions to Reduce Felony Convictions to Misdemeanors
  • Motions for Early Termination of Probation
  • Human Trafficking Victim Conviction Relief
  • Sealing Adult Arrest Records
  • Sealing Adult Arrest Records for the Factually Innocent
  • Certificates of Rehabilitation/Gubernatorial Pardons
  • Correcting Errors in Department of Justice Criminal History Records
  • DNA Database Expungement
  • Gang Documentation Relief
  • Dismissal Petitions for Successful PC1000 Participants with Collateral Consequences per PC1203.43

To request assistance, please fill out a Fresh Start Request for Assistance Packet. Haga clic aquí si quiera aplicar usando una forma traducida al espanol. You may return the form through email, fax, mail, or drop off at the address below.

Office of the Public Defender
Fresh Start Program
1021 I St., Ste. 201
Modesto, CA 95353

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Fax: 209-525-4244, ATTN: "Fresh Start Program"

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