Certificates of Rehabilitation (COR)
Riverside & Murrieta Criminal Defense Attorneys – 951.687.6003
None of us are the same person we were yesterday, and yet people who have
been convicted of a crime often feel as if they are always judged based
on their past. California allows people in such situations to try to better
their futures and clear their names through the use of certificates of
rehabilitation (COR). If granted, a COR shows in an official manner that
someone has adjusted and improved their behaviors since being convicted
of a serious crime and has no intent to ever commit such a crime again.
Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich is a leading
criminal defense law firm in Murrieta that can manage any sort of post-conviction or post-trial
case, such as
expungement and certificates of rehabilitation. If you want to know how a COR could
help you set back down the path of a successful and stress-free life,
then you should not hesitate to
contact our team for a
no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Certificate of Rehabilitation Requirements
Not everyone who has been convicted of a crime in California can petition
for a certificate of rehabilitation, but it is often always worth investigating.
In general, California reserves CORs for convicted felons and people who
have been convicted of certain misdemeanor
sex crimes. Individuals who would be eligible for a COR must not be arrested, charged,
or convicted for a crime of any kind for a certain amount of time in order
for the COR petition to even be considered.
You can petition for a certificate of rehabilitation if you were:
Convicted of a serious felony, including many
violent crimes, but have not been involved in any crimes for 9 years since completing
your sentencing requirements.
- Convicted of a misdemeanor sex crime, completed or currently meet all sex
offender registration requirements, and have not been involved in crime
for 10 years.
- Convicted of most other crimes and have not been linked to criminal activity
for 7 years since completing all sentencing requirements.
You must also have lived continuously within California for five or more
years in order to file a petition for a certificate of rehabilitation.
If you were convicted of multiple or particularly violent felonies, a
judge can extend the five-year residency requirement to a greater length of time.
Who Decides a COR Case?
To begin a petition for a certificate of rehabilitation, which is not an
expungement or record sealing but instead a decree of your own behavioral
improvements, you need to file a completed application with the right
county clerk or probation department. Assuming that you have met the eligibility
requirements and your application was filed correctly, a Superior Court
of California will eventually reach out to you to schedule a hearing date.
During the hearing, you will need to prove to the court that you have
not participated in criminal activity since your conviction and that you
have indeed learned from the past. The Court will not approve a COR for
anyone who might have a risk of recidivism, or the likelihood of recommitted
the same or similar crimes.
Your Future is Our Priority – Call 951.687.6003
The Murrieta expungement lawyers at our firm are here to help you restore
your good name with a certificate of rehabilitation. We take genuine pleasure
in knowing that we have played an instrumental part in our clients’
lives and improving them with our legal efforts and guidance. To learn
how to start removing the weight of a conviction off your shoulders,
contact us today and discover what a truly compassionate and experienced legal team
of Riverside criminal defense attorneys can do for you.