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         General Legal Resources Serving the East Bay and Bay Area
                        (Including Online Resources)


AIDS Legal Referral Panel
Serves persons living with HIV disease or AIDS who reside in the Counties of
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma.
Includes referrals to free and low-cost legal services and several online resources.
Call (415) 701-1100 for help with a specific legal question.
http://www.alrp.org/article.php?list=type&type=7

Alameda County Court Schedules and Case Information
DomainWeb provides public access case information, including hearing dates, for
civil, family law, probate, and small claims cases in Alameda County.
http://apps.alameda.courts.ca.gov/domainweb/html/index.html

American Bar Association Network
Offers a broad “Consumer's Guide to Legal Help on the Internet,” with sections on
hiring a lawyer, finding free legal help, and self-help.
http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/findlegalhelp/home.cfm

Asian Law Alliance
Provides legal services and programs to low-income Asian/Pacific Islanders in
Asian/Pacific Islander languages. Offers consultation and legal representation on a
free or low-cost basis and does extensive outreach and preventative education on
basic legal rights and obligations. Services and programs include housing, public
benefits, employment, immigration, domestic violence and civil rights.
184 E. Jackson Street, San Jose
(408) 287-9710
http://www.asianlawalliance.org/

Asian Law Caucus
The ALC is a legal and civil rights organization serving the low-income Asian Pacific
American communities in the Bay Area. Areas of focus include immigration,
employment and labor, juvenile justice, language rights, housing and community
development, and anti-Asian violence.
939 Market Street, Suite 201, San Francisco
(415) 896-1701
http://www.asianlawcaucus.org

AskNow Law Librarian Service
An online tool that allows you to speak directly with participating law librarians
throughout California and receive referrals to free Internet sources to answer your
questions. Librarians cannot interpret legal information or advise you how the law
might apply to your situation. Service is available:
Monday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
http://www.247ref.org/portal/access_law3.cfm




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Bay Area Legal Aid – Alameda County
Offers civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Alameda County in the areas
of domestic violence & family law, housing rights, health care access, and public
benefits & economic security. Chapters exist for other Bay Area counties in addition
to Alameda County (see Web site for more info).
1735 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
(510) 663-4744 (General Number)
(510) 250-5270 (Legal Assistance Line)
http://www.baylegal.org/offices/alameda/

Bar Association of California: Lawyer Referral and Information Service
Provides assistance in finding a lawyer, a public service group, or a government
agency to address your legal issues. A reduced fee for referral may be available
based on income eligibility guidelines. Spanish speaking. Requests for lawyers may
be made online or by phone.
By Phone: Monday through Friday, PST, 8:30am-5:30pm at (415) 989-1616
Online: https://www.sfbar.org/lawyerreferrals/onlinereferral.aspx
Web site Home: http://www.sfbar.org/lawyerreferrals/index.aspx

California Legislative Information
Find the text of any California bill or law at this official State of California Web site.
Click on “California Law” to search any or all of the 29 California codes. A
downloadable database is also available.
http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/

California Courts Self-Help Web site
The state’s judicial branch offers an excellent and comprehensive source of practical
legal information and forms.
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/

CARECEN Central American Resource Center
An immigrant family wellness and empowerment organization that a legal staff
providing in-person and telephone counseling on various legal matters, including
immigration, health and wellness, and empowerment.
1245 Alabama Street, San Francisco
(415) 642-4400 info@carecensf.org
http://www.carecensf.org/en/

Community Legal Access Service Site (CLASS)
A free legal self-help center in Berkeley offering weekly counseling sessions open to
the public. Session hours are currently Mondays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00
p.m., but may change (call ahead of time to confirm).
3130 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley
(510) 548-4064

California Office of Privacy Protection
Assists individuals with identity theft and other privacy-related concerns, provides
consumer education and information on privacy issues, and coordinates with local,
state and federal law enforcement on identity theft investigations.
1325 J Street, Suite 1650, Sacramento, CA
(916) 323-7300, toll free: (866) 785-9663, privacy@oispp.ca.gov
http://www.oispp.ca.gov/default.asp

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Department of Fair Employment and Housing
The DFEH has the authority to investigate complaints of discrimination in the areas
of employment, housing, public accommodations and hate violence.
1515 Clay Street, Suite 701, Oakland
(510) 622-2945
http://www.dfeh.ca.gov/complaints/Default.aspx

Disability Rights California
A disability rights organization supporting disabled individuals throughout California
with information, advocacy, and – in some cases – individual representation.
1330 Broadway, Suite 500, Oakland
(510) 267-1200
http://www.pai-ca.org/

Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
National disability rights advocacy nonprofit provides legal advocacy in limited
situations where a case can have substantial impact on disability rights policy. They
also provide occasional educational workshops on disability-related issues.
2212 Sixth Street, Berkeley
(510) 644-2555
http://www.dredf.org/

East Bay Community Law Center
Provides legal services to East Bay low-income and homeless residents in the areas
of housing, welfare, HIV & health, homelessness and economic development.
2921 Adeline Street, Berkeley
(510) 548-4040
http://www.ebclc.org/

International Institute of the Bay Area
A nonprofit serving as a resource for immigrants and refugees, the IIBA offers
immigration legal services (including a free immigration information clinic) and a
training and employment program for immigrants and refugees.
449 15th Street, Suite 201, Oakland
(510) 451-2846
http://www.iieb.org/

La Raza Centro Legal
Offers free legal assistance to low-income residents throughout Northern California in
specific areas of wage and hour claims, employment discrimination, senior citizen
legal assistance, and immigration and naturalization.
474 Valencia St., Suite 295, San Francisco
(415) 575-3500
http://www.lrcl.org/

Law Center for Families
Offers free and sliding scale services for low income Alameda County families in the
areas of family law, housing rights, consumer law, and public benefits.
510 16th Street, Suite 300, Oakland
(510) 451-9261
http://www.lcff.org

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LawHelpCalifornia.org
Basic self-help legal information and resources for Californians in the areas of
housing, public benefits and health, work, immigration, senior issues, Native
American issues, families and kids, protection from abuse, consumer law, small
claims, civil rights, estate planning, and disability law.
http://www.lawhelpca.org/CA/index.cfm

Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights
This nonprofit agency provides assistance and referrals for claims related to race
discrimination.
131 Steuart St., Suite 400, San Francisco
(415) 543-9444
http://www.lccr.com/

Lawyers in the Library: Berkeley
A program that offers free legal advice in areas such as employment, consumer,
landlord/tenant, and family law, and provides referrals as needed. Call branches in
advance to confirm dates and times.
• North Branch, 1170 The Alameda (510-981-6250): 1st Thursday of the month,
   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
• South Branch, 1901 Russell St. (510-981-6260): 2nd Thursday of the month,
   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
• Claremont Branch, 2940 Benvenue Ave. (510-981-6280): 3rd Thursday of the
   month, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
• West Branch, 1125 University Ave. (510-981-6270): 4th Thursday of the month,
   6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Lawyers in the Library: Oakland
Like the Berkeley program, this free service offers guidance and referrals. Sessions
are typically from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., with signups beginning at 5:00 p.m. and clients
chosen by lottery at 5:45 p.m. Call in advance to confirm dates and times (phone
numbers for each branch are listed on the Web site).
http://www.oaklandlibrary.org/services/lawyers.html

Lawyer Referral Service – Alameda County Bar Association
The local Bar Association provides referrals to private attorneys who have been
screened for their expertise in whatever area of law applies to your situation. There
is a $30 fee for the referral, and it includes a 30-minute phone consultation with the
referred attorney. No fee is charged for cases related to personal injury, medical
malpractice, sexual harassment, or worker’s compensation.
(510) 302-2222
http://www.acbanet.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.contentdetail&id=8786

Legal Forms
Numerous online resources can provide the legal forms you may need. The
California Courts self-help Web site has forms in PDF format
(http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/forms/). In addition, you can fill out court
forms online for Family Law, Small Claims, Guardianship and Unlawful Detainer using
the “EZ Legal File” service provided by the California Superior Court:
http://www.ezlegalfile.com


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Legal Services for Children
Provides free legal and social work services to children and youth through
representation in matters such as legal guardianship, dependency, school discipline,
immigration, emancipation, and restraining order proceedings.
254 Market St. 3rd Floor, San Francisco 94102
(415) 863-3762. Phone Hours: M-F 1:30 - 6:00. Clinic Hours: W 4:00 - 6:00 PM
http://www.lsc-sf.org/

Lifetime
A non-profit organization that offers financial and legal aid to low-income students
who are also parents. Provides information and resources for students, such as help
with financial aid and CALWORKS, career strategies and networking. Offers one-on-
one PEER support and advocacy as well as trainings and workshops at campuses.
http://www.geds-to-phds.org/

SEEDS Community Resolution Center
SEEDS (Services that Encourage Effective Dialogue and Solutions) is a nonprofit
community-based organization that provides mediation for individuals, facilitation for
groups and training to manage conflict. Does not provide legal advice but can offer
information and services for a referral.
1968 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley
(510) 548-2377, info@seedscrc.org
http://www.seedscrc.org/services/

SIREN: Services, Immigrant Rights, and Education Network
Works to empower low-income immigrants and refugees in Santa Clara County
through direct services, community education, leadership development and policy
advocacy.
1425 Koll Circle, Suite 103, San Jose, CA
(408) 453-3003
http://www.siren-bayarea.org/

Small Claims Court Information
There are numerous free resources to help you properly prepare file your small
claims court action. The Wiley Manuel Self-Help Center (more information listed
below) offers in-person and phone assistance with small claims matters. Online
resources include:
• California Courts Small Claims Self-Help Info:
    http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/smallclaims/
• Alameda County Superior Court Small Claims Web site:
    http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/small/
• California Department of Consumer Affairs Small Claims Court Guide:
    http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/small_claims/index.shtml
• California Business Search: http://kepler.sos.ca.gov/list.html If you’re suing a
    company and need to find the person to “serve” with notice of the lawsuit, go to
    this Web site and enter the name of the business to find its location and the
    name of the agent for service of process.

State of California Victim Compensation Program
Provides compensation for eligible victims of violent crime who are injured or
threatened with injury. Among the crimes covered are domestic violence, child
abuse, sexual and physical assault, homicide, robbery, drunk driving and vehicular

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manslaughter. If a person meets eligibility criteria, the VCP will compensate many
types of services when the costs are not covered by other sources. Eligible services
include medical and dental care, mental health services, income loss, funeral
expenses, rehabilitation and relocation.
P.O. Box 3036, Sacramento, CA 95812
(800) 777-9229, info@vcgcb.ca.gov
http://www.boc.ca.gov/victims/default.aspx

The State Bar of California’s Online Pamphlets
Provides access to several pamphlets and informational resources about almost
every legal matter. Pamphlets and guides are available in PDF format and for order.
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Transgender Law Center
Offers a comprehensive collection of resources on transgender law and projects to
enhance the treatment of transgender people such as student safety and economic
empowerment.
870 Market Street, Room 823, San Francisco, CA
415-865-0176, info@transgenderlawcenter.org
http://www.transgenderlawcenter.org/index.html

Volunteer Legal Services Corporation
As part of the Alameda County Bar Association, the VLSC offers numerous free legal
clinics to low-income Alameda County residents (at or below 125% of federal poverty
income guidelines), available by appointment. Call several weeks in advance to
reserve open slots – the clinics fill up quickly. The VLSC also offers referrals to pro
bono attorneys for individuals who qualify (most referred matters are family law-
related). The VLSC will not assist in civil lawsuits for money.
70 Washington Street, Suite 200, Oakland
(510) 302-2222
http://www.acbanet.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.contentdetail&id=8789

Wiley Manuel Self-Help Center
This center, located at the Wiley Manuel Courthouse in Oakland, provides individual
information and assistance with small claims, family law, restraining orders, and
guardianship of the person. The center also offers free weekly legal clinics covering
numerous topics. Clinics include (call to confirm days and times):
• Low Income Eviction Project (Mondays and Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
• Family Law workshop (provided by Family Law Facilitator, Wednesdays 5:00 –
    7:00 p.m.)
• Family Law Clinic (provided by VLSC, 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of month, 9:00 a.m. –
    12:00 p.m., appointments must be made through VLSC by calling 302-2222)
• Criminal Records Remedies (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
• Guardianship Workshop (Tuesdays, twice per month, call (510) 690-2501 to
    make an appointment)
• Debt Collection Defense (3rd Thursday each month, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.,
    appointments must be made through VLSC by calling 302-2222)
• Divorce Clinic (2nd Friday each month 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., appointments
    must be made through VLSC by calling 302-2222)
• Family Law Judgments (Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
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The Self-Help Center also answers questions about Small Claims court over the
phone on Mondays from 1:30 – 4:00pm and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
661 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Oakland
(510) 690-2501 (calls answered only from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.)
http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/selfhelp/

Worker’s Rights Clinic
Sponsored by the San Francisco Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center
(http://www.las-elc.org/comserv.html), this weekly clinic offers guidance to low-
income residents with work-related issues like denial of wages, discrimination, work
and safety issues, unemployment benefits, and harassment or wrongful termination.
East Bay Clinic Information: http://www.ebclc.org/workersRights.php

Your Public Law Library (Council of California Law Librarians)
Provides several resources to find answers to legal questions, including links to
various self-help centers, a mini-research guide, a list of legal libraries by county and
numerous legal links. Also includes a link to the AskNow Law Librarian service.
http://www.publiclawlibrary.org/index.html



       Family Law, Domestic Violence, and Restraining Order Assistance


Alameda County Family Justice Center
A one-stop center for families dealing with domestic violence that provides numerous
services, including legal assistance with restraining orders.
470 27th Street, Oakland
(510) 267-8800
http://www.acfjc.org/

California Women’s Law Center
Offers numerous programs to ensure that life opportunities for women and girls are
free from unjust social, economic, and political constraints. Programs include pro-
bono facilitation and legal training workshops and focus on discrimination, violence,
women’s health and reproductive justice.
6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 980, Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (323) 951-1041 info@cwlc.org

Family Law Information Center (also known as the Family Law Facilitator)
This department of the Superior Court provides procedural information, referrals, and
assistance with cases involving the Department of Child Support Services (DCSS).
Workshops available by appointment include:
• Seeking orders: child support and related issues
• Starting a paternity action
• Starting a divorce when there are children
1225 Fallon Street, Room 240, Oakland
(510) 208-4969 (Phone assistance is only available Mon-Thurs, 2:00 - 4:30 p.m.)
http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/courts/divs/family/familylaw.shtml




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Family Law Self-Help Center, San Francisco
Offers free assistance to low-income clients in San Francisco. Primary services
include help in filing for divorce, restraining orders and aid in child custody and
domestic violence issues. Legal advice cannot be given; however, they can refer your
case to an attorney if necessary. Spanish speaking.
(415) 551-3991
http://www.sfgov.org/site/courts_page.asp?id=3790

Family Violence Law Center
Provides legal services to victims of domestic violence. Services include civil
restraining orders, child custody/visitation/support, divorce, and victim assistance.
(510) 208-0220 (business line)
(510) 208-0255 (crisis line)
http://www.fvlc.org

WOMAN, Inc.
Provides multi-lingual crisis counseling, legal, shelter, and other community referrals,
peer support groups, and individual therapy.
24-hour domestic violence crisis hotlines:
(415) 864-4722 or (877) 384-3578
333 Valencia St., Suite 450, San Francisco
http://www.womaninc.org/

WomensLaw.org
Provides legal information and resources to women living with or escaping domestic
violence or sexual assault. Publishes state-specific legal information for domestic
violence and information on getting help in your community and offers email email
assistance directly to women and advocates throughout the U.S.
55 Washington St., Suite 614, Brooklyn, NY
http://www.womenslaw.org/


                     Landlord-Tenant/Housing Rights Resources

Berkeley Rent Stabilization Board
If you live in Berkeley, the Rent Board has an online "Tenant Reference Kit" that
includes FAQs discussing many common landlord-tenant issues:
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=9268. The Rent Board also
has counselors who answer general questions about tenant rights and responsibilities
(though they will not provide legal advice), and also offers mediation services.
2125 Milvia Street, Berkeley
(510) 981-7368
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/DepartmentHome.aspx?id=9546

California Tenants Guide: Department of Consumer Affairs
An overview of the rights and obligations of tenants and landlords in California.
http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/landlordbook/index.shtml

City of Oakland Tenant Information
Oakland’s Rent Adjustment Program offers details about the requirements for
landlords to raise rent and evict tenants:
http://cedaonline.oaklandnet.com/rentadjustmentsite/tenant

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Eviction Defense Center
The Eviction Defense Center is a local nonprofit that offers legal guidance to tenants
who have been served with a legal complaint or summons related to their tenancy.
1611 Telegraph Avenue #726, Oakland
(510) 452-4541
http://bapd.org/gev-on-1.html

Housing Code Enforcement Program: City of Berkeley
Berkeley’s City Code Enforcement Program may be able to assist you if your
residence is not in compliance with building codes. Tenants can request an
inspection of their residence, which typically occurs within 10 days.
2180 Milvia Street, Berkeley
(510) 981-5444
http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/contentdisplay.aspx?id=4152

Housing Rights, Inc.
Supports equal access to housing by providing housing rights counseling, mediation,
and investigation of housing discrimination. Web site includes several self-advocacy
materials, such as a repair and deduct packet and a tenant logbook.
1966 San Pablo Avenue, Berkeley
(510) 548-8776
http://www.housingrights.org/

Renter’s Rights
A collaboration between Housing Rights, Inc. and the East Bay Community Law
Center, Renter’s Rights provides information about renter’s rights and offers self-
advocacy tools for tenants to protect those rights. It includes the “Repair and
Deduct Project,” which offers telephone counseling for tenants in need of home
repairs: call (800) 806-8111 for assistance.
http://www.rentersrights.info/


                         Consumer and Financial Legal Resources


Consumer Assistance: State and Private Agencies
If you need help with a problem related to a retailer, service provider, or employer, a
useful first step is to contact the applicable agency for assistance in filing a complaint
and/or mediating and resolving the dispute. Any profession that requires a license
from the state will have a corresponding oversight agency. Some of the most
common include:
• Better Business Bureau. www.oakland.bbb.org: The BBB is not a
    governmental agency, but does help consumers resolve complaints against
    businesses (no authority to enforce laws, though). (510) 844-2000.
• Bureau of Automotive Repairs. www.smogcheck.ca.gov If you have a dispute
    related to auto repairs, the bureau may be able to mediate your claim without
    you having to go to court. (800) 952-5210
• California Attorney General.
    http://ag.ca.gov/contact/complaint_form.php?cmplt=CL Fill out a consumer
    complaint form for review by the AG’s office.



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•     Contractors State License Board. www.cslb.ca.gov: Check the status of a
      contractor’s license and file complaints online.
•     Department of Consumer Affairs. www.dca.ca.gov: Consumer protection
      rights information. (800) 952-5210
•     Department of Consumer Affairs Complaint Resolution Program.
      http://www.dca.ca.gov/online_services/complaints/: File a complaint and request
      assistance with resolution of a dispute with California businesses that are
      regulated by the following state bureaus: Automotive Repair, Cemetery and
      Funeral, Electronic and Appliance Repair, Home Furnishings and Thermal
      Insulation, Security and Investigative Services, and Hearing Aid Dispensers.
•     Division of Labor Standards Enforcement. www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlse.html:
      File complaints against and employer related to wage and hour disputes. (510)
      622-3273, (510) 622-2660
•     Identity Theft. www.privacy.ca.gov: the California Office of Privacy Protection
      offers information about preventing identity theft, as well as guidance for victims.

American Bankruptcy Institute’s Consumer Bankruptcy Center
Provides resources to the consumer bankruptcy professional through its publications,
conferences and web resources, as well as an online consumer education center for
consumers to help them to determine whether bankruptcy is an appropriate choice
for them and to find a consumer bankruptcy attorney.
http://consumer.abiworld.org/

California Department of Insurance: Automobile Series for Consumers
Offers detailed online informational guides relating to automobile insurance and
accident issues, as well as general advice regarding automobile related matters.
http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0100-consumers/0060-information-guides/0010-
automobile/

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Francisco
Offers a variety of helpful financial services and programs, including budgeting, debt
management, housing, general online counseling and bankruptcy services. Also
provides an online personal finance education center as well as general advice in
dealing with the financial crisis.
595 Market Street, 15th Floor, San Francisco
(800) 777-7526, info@cccssf.org
https://www.cccssf.org/index.html

Department of Consumer Affairs Legal Guides
The State of California publishes legal guides on various consumer topics, including
contracts, credit cards, debt collection, credit repair, privacy, and vehicle leases.
http://www.dca.ca.gov/publications/legal_guides/index.shtml

Office of the District Attorney of Alameda County: Consumer and
Environmental Protection Division
Contains forms and information regarding the steps for registering complaints for
consumer fraud.
7677 Oakport Street, Suite 650, Oakland
(510) 569-9281
http://www.alcoda.org/offices/civil_division




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State of California Division of Worker’s Compensation
Provides administrative and judicial services to assist in resolving disputes that arise
in connection with claims for workers' compensation benefits. Also offers information
and forms regarding workers compensation.
Oakland Office: 1515 Clay Street, 6th floor, Oakland
(510) 622-2866
http://www.dir.ca.gov/dwc/dwc_home_page.html


                                   Criminal Record Resources



Alameda County Clean Slate Clinic
Offers free legal consultations for eligible individuals who are seeking to clean up
their Alameda criminal records. Check website for eligibility.
(510) 548-4040, ext. 390, crimrecordshelp@ebclc.org
Two locations (walk-ins welcome):
Oakland: Wiley Manuel Superior Courthouse, Self Help Center
661 Washington Street, 2nd Floor, Oakland, California
Tuesdays, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hayward: Eden Area One-Stop Career Center
24100 Amador Street, 3rd Floor, Hayward, California
Mondays, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Clean-up Your Criminal Record: California Courts Self-Help Center
In California, under Penal Code Section 1203.4, you have the ability to request a
dismissal of a misdemeanor conviction. Visit this Web site for specific information on
how to request a dismissal and understand the implications of a dismissal.
http://www.courtinfo.ca.gov/selfhelp/other/crimlawclean.htm

Office of the Attorney General: Access to Criminal Records
Facilitates the process of requesting your criminal record for California. All steps,
descriptions and FAQs are listed on the website.
http://ag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security.php

San Francisco Public Defender’s Clean Slate Program
If you’ve ever been arrested, convicted of a crime or been found delinquent in
juvenile court, you may be eligible for assistance to clean up your record. This
program offers free walk-in clinics and advice from a clean-slate attorney. Clinics
are held in different locations on different days of the week. See Web site for more
information.
555 Seventh Street Main, San Francisco
415-553-9337 cleanslate@sfgov.org
http://sfpublicdefender.org/clean-slate-program




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