Here's how to get record clearance in Sonoma County
Contact the Public Defender’s office through email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or their phone number (707-565-2791)
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. 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 Sonoma County, if your petition is accepted, you’ll need to pay fees that range between $60-120 to the court per petition in order to have your record fully cleared, 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 by emailing the Sonoma Public Defender
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.
Sonoma Public Defender Contact Information
The Sonoma County Public Defender’s Office helps people with arrests or convictions in Sonoma County.
600 Administration Drive, First Floor-Room 111, Santa Rosa, CA 95403