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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sex Registrants No Longer Register With Certificate of Rehabilitation

Many sex crimes require lifetime registration under Penal Code Section 290. However, for some sex crime convictions like Penal Code Section 314(Indecent Exposure) a person may be relieved of the duty to register if he is granted a Certificate of Rehabilitation under Penal Code Section 4852.01. This generally requires a clean record since the conviction and continuous residence in the state of California for at least 7 years. A Certificate of Rehabilitation must be filed in the county where the Registrant lives and served on the District Attorney in that county AND on the District Attorney of the county where the conviction occurred. Courts are generally willing to grant Certificates if the Petitioner shows that he is rehabilitated by having committed no other crimes and otherwise led the life of a productive citizen. A court will decide whether to grant the Petition usually at one hearing with input from the various prosecuting agencies involved and after an examination of the Petitioner’s request. See, Penal Code Sections 290.5 and 4852.01.

Criminal Law Updates by the Law Offices of Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney William W. Bruzzo (714) 547-4636.

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I represent criminal clients accused of everything from domestic violence and drunk driving to murder. I will not close a case until I believe that I have exhausted every possibility, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. If the facts support it I will take any case to trial; if the facts do not support going to trial, I will use all the relationships and knowledge I have developed with over  20 years of practice to negotiate the best result possible. I have managed to get "hopeless" cases dismissed just based on my knowledge of the local players (District Attorneys and Judges). An attorney's familiarity with the local system is invaluable to clients. I am that person in Orange County.

After practicing law for over 10 years I established my own firm in 2004 in Santa Ana, California. I am still in the same location.

Example cases

• People v. Arney (2011). I filed a motion to dismiss when the magistrate in the lower court kept out evidence over my objection. My motion was granted and the case was dismissed.

• People v. Willson (2010) I negotiated a dismissal of hit and run charges by getting the District Attorney to agree to dismiss the charges if the victim also agreed. The victim ultimately agreed and the case was dismissed.

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