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Sealing of Arrest and Criminal Records for Adults and Juveniles (New 2018 Laws)

by | Jan 4, 2018 | Administrative Law

Beginning in 2018, Californians with adult and juvenile criminal records will have new opportunities to have those records sealed by courts.

Specifically, newly added CA Penal Code section 851.91 allows adults’ arrest records to be sealed and no longer deemed “arrests” if the matter did not result in a conviction. Likewise, adult arrest records in which charges were dismissed following compliance with a diversion program may also now be sealed. Lastly, nearly all juvenile records, even those involving serious offenses, may now be sealed. However, obtaining such relief requires the filing of a petition with the courts and thus is best handled by an experienced attorney like Jonathan Turner.

Taking advantage of these new laws regarding sealing of CA criminal records and arrests is especially vital for those who are applying for professional licenses from CA’s numerous licensing boards and agencies. This includes applicants with the

  • CA Board of Registered Nursing
  • CA Medical Board
  • CA Board of Psychology
  • CA Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • CA Board of Physical Therapy
  • CA Board of Occupational Therapy
  • CA Board of Speech-Pathology
  • CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing
  • CA Board of Chiropractic Medicine,
  • CA Veterinary Medical Board
  • CA Bureau of Real Estate
  • CA Board of Pharmacy
  • Department of Insurance
  • CA Department of Consumer Affairs, etc…

If you are applying for a CA professional license and have a criminal history, including a juvenile record, an arrest record, or a criminal conviction history, you should contact CA administrative law and professional license defense attorney Jonathan Turner right away. Mr. Turner will not only assist you with getting your license application granted by your respective CA licensing board, but he can also help you with petitioning to clear a criminal record thus enhancing your chances of gaining your professional license.

Clearing a criminal record may include filing a petition to have your conviction expunged or dismissed (Penal Code section 1203.4), having a conviction reduced to a misdemeanor (Penal Code section 17(b)) or an infraction (Penal Code section 17(d)), having an arrest record sealed and no longer declared an “arrest” (Penal Code section 851.91), having an arrest declared a “detention only” (Penal Code sections 849.5/851.6), having a finding of factual innocence declared (Penal Code section 851.8), or having a juvenile matter sealed (Welfare & Institutions Code 781).

Mr. Turner has successfully handled such relief petitions all over California including San Diego, Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Fresno, Bakersfield, the Central Valley, Sacramento, Oakland, Santa Clara County, and the Bay Area.

Having a prior criminal matter, conviction and/or arrest dismissed, sealed, etc… may be the difference between having your CA professional license application granted or denied. As such, if you have any criminal history and are applying for a CA professional license, contact CA administrative law and licensing attorney Jonathan Turner for a free consult.


If you received a denial of a professional license or any threat to your ability to continue practicing your profession, please contact attorney Jonathan Turner using this contact form or call (916) 471-6506 for a personal conversation.

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