Expungement Education Workshop March 20: How to clear criminal records

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clear criminal recordsDo you or someone you know have a criminal record that needs to be cleared? If so, you’ll want to attend the Expungement Education Workshop, March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McBride Park. City officials will be on hand to show to request that either an adult or juvenile record be expunged.

“We know that there are those in the community ready to begin a new life and this expungement workshop can help them with the first step in the journey. We encourage them to call and register right now,” said Long Beach Councilman Dee Andrews, whose 6th District includes McBride Park.

At the workshop, participants will receive important information about criminal records. They will learn the process of how to petition for expungement of adult convictions and how to have juvenile records sealed. Legal aid volunteers will offer assistance with completing the required expungement forms. In addition, information from employment and criminal attorneys as well as access to certificate of rehabilitation sessions will be available.

“This community-wide Expungement Education Workshop offers a ray of hope to adult and juvenile residents whose backgrounds have been adversely impacted by the criminal justice system. Clearing one’s record of a negative past will enable that individual to begin a new journey toward an improved self-esteem, gainful employment, and personal stability. A key objective of this workshop is to provide residents with useful information which will make possible their ability to become contributing and productive members of the city of Long Beach and throughout the region” said Lydia Hollie, Chair, Long Beach Weed and Seed Steering Committee.

Participants will need to have information pertaining to their arrest or conviction in order to to complete a criminal record expungement application.

To petition to have an adult conviction expunged, bring the case number, date of conviction, code section and criminal history rap sheet. If you don’t have your rap sheet, contact one of the following agencies:

  • For convictions in LA County: Hall of records, 12300 Imperial Hwy, 2nd floor, Room 2207, Norwalk, 90650 or Los Angeles County free Public Records Directory.
  • For convictions in other California Counties: California Department of Justice, P.O. Box 903417, Sacramento, 94203-4170, Attn: Records Review Unit.

To petition expungement of a juvenile record or to have a juvenile record sealed, bring the case number, date of arrest, name of arresting agency, code section and disposition, and the JAI print-out. If you don’t have the JAI, contact the Juvenile Court Clerk’s Office: Long Beach Courthouse, 415 West Ocean BLVD, Long Beach, California 90802.

Learn how to clear a criminal record by attending the Expungement Education Workshop in McBride Park, 1550 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813. Call (562) 570-4400 for more information or to register.

This Workshop is made possible through the partnership of Long Beach Health and Human Services Weed and Seed Program, Long Beach GRIP, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Conservation Corps of Long Beach,  Pacific Gateway Workforce investment Network, and Pepperdine legal Aid Clinic.

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