Under previous law, the misdemeanor and infraction dismissal statute (Penal Code Section 1203.4a) was read to prohibit relief if the person re-offended during the first year after being sentenced.
The new law, effective for 2012, permits a court to grant dismissal if, after a year, the person has otherwise fully complied with and performed the sentence, is not then serving another sentence and is not under a new criminal charge. This permits the court to grant relief even though the person hasd a new offense while on probation.
if you are arrested or charged with a crime, contact:
Christine McGuire, Criminal Defense Attorney
Santa Cruz, Monterey, Santa Clara County