If you were convicted of a sex crime, you were probably required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life as part of your sentence. This penalty could be devastating, as it may affect where you can work and live.
Sex offender registration is required if you are convicted of indecent exposure under California Penal Code Section 314. However, this may not be such a harsh penalty as it is for other types of sex crimes. This is because it may be easier for you to legally end your requirement to register as a sex offender.
When Do I Qualify for a Certificate of Rehabilitation?
Obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation could be a way to clean your record if you have been convicted of a crime. A Certificate of Rehabilitation serves as a way to show that you have been rehabilitated and became a productive member of society since committing your crime.
You may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation if you were convicted of indecent exposure under PC 314. In order to be eligible, you must have:
- Been released from custody and have not been incarcerated for another crime since being released
- Completed probation or parole and are not on probation or parole for any other felony conviction
- Lived in California for at least five years before filing your application, AND
- Waited a satisfactory period to show that you have been rehabilitated
This “satisfactory period” is generally considered five years for a sex crime, but it is only two years for PC 314. However, this two-year period is in addition to the five-year California residency requirement, so you will have to wait at least seven years after your conviction before you can obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
You should note that it may be increase your chances of having your application granted if you have already expunged the conviction from your record. An attorney can help you apply for an expungement before you submit an application for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
The Benefits of a Certificate of Rehabilitation for PC 314
There are many ways a Certificate of Rehabilitation could benefit you if you were convicted of indecent exposure. The biggest advantage is that a Certificate of Rehabilitation alone will stop your requirement to register as a sex offender.
In most cases, obtaining a Certificate of Rehabilitation is just the first step you need to take to stop sex offender registration. In those cases, you are required to obtain a Governor’s Pardon in order to your registration requirement. Luckily, PC 314 is not one of these crimes.
If a Certificate of Rehabilitation is granted to you, it could make it easier for you to find a job and obtain auto or home loans. More importantly, you will not have to deal with being labeled a “sex offender” and you can move forward with your life.
Speak to an Attorney About a Certificate of Rehabilitation Today
Is your conviction for PC 314 affecting your life? You should speak to an experienced sex crimes attorney about how you can end your requirement to register as a sex offender right away. Our skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully helping our clients obtain post-conviction relief in California for more than 35 years. We can help you now.
With offices in Orange County, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Torrance, West Covina, San Diego and Victorville, there is a Wallin & Klarich sex crimes attorney available to help you no matter where you are located.
Contact us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.