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Certificate of Rehabilitation & Pardons

Certificates of Rehabilitation and Pardons

Having a criminal record can unduly restrict your freedom forever unless you initiate certain legal actions to regain your rights. Long after the completion of a criminal sentence, one's goals and opportunities may continue to be thwarted by registration requirements imposed upon sex offenders, residual social stigma, the prohibition against possessing any firearms, and other negative consequences. In some cases, these seemingly permanent restrictions can be minimized, or even eliminated, through one or both of the following legal mechanisms:

An Experienced San Francisco Criminal Law Attorney

During his 30 years of practicing criminal defense law, San Francisco lawyer Seth P. Chazin has helped many of his clients by filing these applications on their behalf. To date, he has had virtually 100 percent success in obtaining Certificates of Rehabilitation for his clients.

Some of Mr. Chazin's success include:

  • A client with multiple priors, including convictions for sex offenses, obtained several expungements.The client subsequently was granted a Certificate of Rehabilitation for the sex crime charges, thereby legally relieving him from having to register as a sex offender.
  • Many expungements have been recently obtained in behalf of various clients in Contract Costa County, Alameda county, Lake County and others. Furthermore, several Certificates of Rehabilitation in sex crimes cases have been obtained. These cases involved convictions for various sex offenses including sexual battery, indecent exposure, and assault with intent to commit rape. Some of these clients were able to eliminate their obligation to register as a sex offender.

It is important to note that not all convictions are eligible for post-conviction remedies. Call 800-499-9902 or contact The Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin online now to find out if your case qualifies.


DID YOU KNOW? In some cases, a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a pardon may relieve specified sex offenders of further duty to register.

DID YOU KNOW? The granting of a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a pardon restores to the applicant some of the rights of citizenship that were forfeited as a result of a felony conviction?

DID YOU KNOW? Two of the most common reasons people apply for pardons is to restore firearms rights and to enhance employment opportunities.

DID YOU KNOW? The granting of a Certificate of Rehabilitation or a pardon is reported to the FBI and the California Department of Justice and they are required to update their records accordingly.

DID YOU KNOW? If you have not obtained a pardon restoring your firearms rights and you have access to any firearm, you are in violation of the law (even if the firearm is legally registered to someone else).

DID YOU KNOW? The 10-year waiting requirement for pardons may be waived if an earlier, specific need is demonstrated.


“The death penalty is a lie, a misguided mistake born of anger and frustration. Capital punishment has become a perverse monument to inequality, to how some lives matter and others do not. It is a violent example of how we protect and value the rich and abandon and devalue the poor. The death penalty is a grim, disturbing shadow formed by the legacy of racial apartheid and bias against the poor that condemns the disfavored among us, but corrupts us all. It’s the perverse symbol elected officials use to strengthen their ‘tough on crime’ reputations and distract us from confronting the causes of violence. It is finally the enemy of grace, redemption and all of us who recognize that each person is more than their worse act.”
- Bryan Stevenson