“What I would give for a second chance.” Have you ever found yourself throwing this thought around in your mind? All people, at one point in their lives, have likely said this to themselves hoping that something would come along to give them a fresh start. California’s new realignment law is exactly that, a fresh start.
Effective immediately, California Penal Code Section 1203.41 expands on old law to give more people convicted of felonies the opportunity to expunge their convictions even if probation was denied. Under the old law, those persons who were sentenced to county jail for their felony convictions were not eligible to have their convictions expunged if probation was denied. Under the new law, if you were sentenced to and served in county jail for a felony conviction even if probation was denied, you may be eligible to petition to expunge your conviction.