The Law Offices of the Public Defender, Riverside County’s “Fresh Start Program" is designed to give information about the various types of post-conviction relief available to clear your record for improved opportunities for employment, professional licensing or consumer credit.
If you've been convicted of a crime you may be eligible for relief. Some convictions can be modified on your record so that when you apply for most jobs, you can legally indicate that you were not convicted of that crime. Other convictions may be reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor in certain situations. Also, Riverside County residents who have completed a term in prison may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation
A paralegal is available at the Riverside County Public Defender's Main Office located at 4075 Main Street, Suite 100, Riverside to assist you in getting the process started. You can obtain the documents necessary to begin the process by clicking on the buttons on this page for the type of relief you are seeking.
To apply to Fresh Start: Download the application packet, fill out the application and financial statement as completely as possible and gather additional needed documentation such as letters of reference and certificates. Email your filled-out application, financial declaration and additional documents to: FreshStart@RIVCO.ORG.
While email is our preferred form of communication, you may also mail or bring the completed packets into the Main Office. You can also request a packet be mailed to you by making a request by email or by calling (951) 955-6072.
We offer the following "Fresh Start" services:
- Felony Reduction
- Early Probation Termination
- Sealing Arrest Records
- Certificates of Rehab and Pardon
- Proposition 47 petitions
- Proposition 64 petitions
- Relief from 290 registration pursuant to SB 384/SB 145
The following is a brief explanation about the various types of relief available, including early termination of probation, reduction to a misdemeanor, expungement, and Certificates of Rehabilitation.
In each section, you'll find a link to our "Fresh Start Application" which you'll need to submit to request our services in clearing your criminal record. The forms for each type of relief are also provided, should you wish to file them on your own.