Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Adults
Adults (≥18 years of age) convicted of a crime may not have their record sealed. Under certain circumstances the conviction may be set aside, and the case dismissed by the Court. This procedure is called Record Clearance. Court appearance and legal representation are not required. The process may take up to six months.
- Record Sealing Application
- Request a records clearance application: (408) 435-2061
In California, you have the right to vote while you are on probation. You must be a United States citizen, a resident of California, and at least 18 years old.
In 2020, California voters approved Proposition 17, amending the state’s constitution to automatically restore voting rights upon release from prison. For more information visit: Voting Rights: Persons with a Criminal History :: California Secretary of State.
Contact the Records Room: (408) 435-2000.
Contact the Public Defender's office: (408) 299-7700.
There are several options.
- Contact your local police department; or
- Contact the Probation Department Administrative Services for assistance: (408) 435-2000
It is recommended that you contact your local police department, and file a report.
In Adult Court law, probation is a suspended sentence. The Court requires that an offender be supervised by a probation officer for a specific period of time, usually three years. If the offender violates probation, the Court may impose the sentence the law prescribes for the crime(s) committed. It may mean prison for a felony or up to one year in jail for a misdemeanor law violation. The Court may impose certain requirements be fulfilled before probation can expire. Those "conditions of probation" may include a jail sentence, a fine, victim restitution, drug testing, completion of a treatment program, etc.