Like other California residents who have received a criminal conviction, you recognize you have made mistakes and want to put your past behind you. Seeking an expungement of your criminal record will probably not be easy, but there are ways to improve your situation, such as through a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
The San Diego County website explains that a COR is an order issued by a court that declares you have completed rehabilitation. This is a document California residents generally acquire while attempting to get a case dismissed or expunged. A COR can be beneficial for a number of reasons.
Better job opportunities
Given that a background check will likely turn up your criminal record, it could be difficult to find employment or rent an apartment. While a COR does not seal your record or expunge convictions, it can lessen the impact of your criminal past because it shows you have undergone rehabilitation.
As a result, you stand a better chance of getting a job or a professional license. A COR might even end an obligation to register as a sex offender in the case of some misdemeanor sex offenses.
The possibility of a pardon
A COR also becomes an automatic application for a state pardon. While you may apply for a pardon without a COR, having a court recognize your rehabilitation could supply you with crucial support to attain a pardon since many applicants for a pardon are generally not successful.
While a COR can help you restore a good quality of life, you should learn if you are eligible for one. Even if you can pursue a COR, some crimes may require a longer rehabilitation period before a court will approve your certification. Despite the possible long wait, the effort may still be worth it.