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Do you, or someone you know, have an adult or juvenile criminal record that needs clearing?

If so, you’ll want to attend the no‐cost Expungement Education Workshop, Monday, September 13, 2010, 4:00 pm‐ 5:00 pm, at the Center for Working Families, 1900 Atlantic Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90806.

At the workshop, participants will receive pertinent information from subject‐matter experts on certificate of rehabilitation; information on expungement of adult convictions & sealing of juvenile records; and assistance with completing required expungement forms.

Written by Mathew Higbee, Esq

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  1. valda cooks says:

    Mr. Higbee, unfortunately today is Sept. 13 and I just now saw the notice for the workshop. I am very much interested in expunging my record and would like to know will there be another workshop or is there other avenues I might pursue. My funds are very limited so I am more interested in something I might accomplish myself or at little expense.

    • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

      I believe Long Beach does an expungement workshop about twice a year. I will post news on any free workshop or expungement related program that we discover. My law firm is planning to sponsor one in December, but details have not been finalized. They will be posted here once they are finalized.

  2. Andre Waters says:

    Is it possible to request the a case be destroyed in California (finding of factual innocence – Penal Code 851.8) if the case was expunged per 1204.3?

    • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

      Yes, it is possible, insofar as judges can and have granted relief pursuant to Penal Code 851.8 on a case that was dismissed pursuant to Penal Code 1203.4 (expungement). However, it pretty much requires a judge to step outside the bounds of the law and it rarely ever happens. My law firm does not ever take such cases… and strategically, it may be the rare type of case that a person is better off representing themselves.

  3. Gracie Vaughn says:

    Please let me know when your next no cost expungement work shop will be held.


    • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

      My law firm will be hosting an expungement seminar for people who meet the state’s low-income requirements in December. Date and location to be determined. Please keep checking back for updates.

  4. Gracie Vaughn says:

    December expungement seminar has date and location been determined.

    Thank You

  5. kira delacruz says:

    Do you have to be a resident of Long Beach to attend this seminar?

    • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

      No. However, at this point, you will need a time-machine to attend. We will post news about any upcoming ones that we learn of.

  6. Bob Kittel says:

    Will a workshop help with arrest records when there was not a court filing? Arrest records are visible and can make it so a person can not be considred for a job. If a case was filed but dropped by the court does this record need to be sealed or can it?

    • Mathew Higbee, Esq says:

      Yes, arrest records in California can be sealed if they did not lead to a conviction and if you can prove you were factually innocent. See CA Penal Code section 851.8.

  7. Janice Marie Johnson says:

    Yes at the time my name was Janice M. G. I was in a bad marriage at the time.I made some bad chooses in life.But that was back in 1999 when i was in trouble.And i have not been in any trouble cents i was hoping i could get my record clean.Please,I’m going too stay out of trouble. I’m working on getting my GED.right now to make my life where i can have a good life.I’m working on finding myself a good job.But when they see my past they change there mind.That’s the old me and it’s behind me.And i want it to stay there I’m not happy with my past.Like i said i have not been in any more trouble,and i would really love to get this off my record Please.AND THANK YOU. Janice J.

  8. Latrisa says:

    Hello, I would like some info on your next free workshop for records clearing. I live in the city of Long Beach

  9. tashawna sims says:

    will this classes do the expungment or is it just showing us how to do for ourselves….

    • Jenna Thorne says:

      We currently do not have any workshops scheduled. We will update the website with any we schedule in the future. However, you would receive assistance at the workshop with completing the required forms, but you would still need to file them yourself.

  10. Regina says:

    It is now June 2014. Will You be doing another Wo5kshop soon? I have a Misdemeanor that is 4 yrs. old. I am told it can be Expunged. I am on Disability & Resources are VERY limited!
    Thank You…for ANY assistance.
    Ps…I have the pp; just not certain of correct completion.

    • Jenna Thorne says:

      Unfortunately we do not have any workshops scheduled at this time. If you have specific questions on a portion of the petition, please let us know and we can try to assist. Otherwise, you may want to try contacting your local public defender’s office to see if they can offer any assistance to ensure you have it filled out properly.

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