Here's how to get record clearance in San Joaquin County
On the San Joaquin County website, fill out a pdf that will ask you a few questions about yourself and your San Joaquin record and email it back to the Public Defender
Contacting the Public Defender is safe and confidential. They are not part of law enforcement and will not share your information with anyone. We know it can be difficult to talk about your conviction history, but the Public Defender will only use this information to move your record clearance application forward.
The Public Defender will contact you by phone or email
The Public Defender will contact you within 2-6 weeks and ask you to fill out a short application to start the process. If you do not hear back from the Public Defender within 2-6 weeks, reach back out to them to check on your case’s progress. They will also screen you to determine whether you meet their income requirement. If you do not, you can contact legal aid organizations that serve the San Joaquin area. The Public Defender will start the process of getting your full CA DOJ RAP sheet to see all your cases. They may also ask you to submit a personal statement or letters of recommendation.
Work with The Public Defender to complete your request
If you are eligible, attorneys will help you put together a petition which you can send to the court to clear your record. Your public defender will update you with the final decision and official documents. You may have to go to court, but the public defender will let you know if you have to attend the court hearing.
Submit application and fees to the court and receive decision
In San Joaquin County, you’ll need to pay fees to the court that range from $60-$120 per motion, but most folks are eligible for a fee waiver. The Public Defender can help you apply for a fee waiver if you meet the requirements.
Wait 90 days for the court and Department of Justice (DOJ) record to be updated
If your petition is accepted, you will have to wait at least 90 days after the petition was granted for changes to be reflected on your DOJ RAP sheet. If you want to see if your record has been fully updated, you can get a copy of your CA DOJ RAP sheet or your local court records by going to the courthouse. If you are still having trouble with cases showing up, contact the public defender for assistance. You can also read more about what happens after clearance.
All set? Apply on the San Joaquin Public Defender Website
The Public Defender will be able to provide personalized help to start your record clearance process. They are a safe, confidential resource and are not part of any law enforcement agency and will not share your information with anyone.
San Joaquin Public Defender Contact Information
The San Joaquin County Public Defender’s Office helps people with arrests or convictions in San Joaquin County.
102 S. San Joaquin Street, Room 1, Stockton CA 95201