New Leaf Program

For immediate assistance, please call (714) 834-2144 during regular business hours (Mon — Fri 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

New Leaf Program

 

The Orange County Public Defender "New Leaf Program" assists those who are seeking a fresh start and improved opportunities for employment, professional licensing or consumer credit.

If you've been convicted of a crime you may be eligible for relief through a relatively simple legal process. Some convictions can be modified on your record so that when you apply for most jobs, you can legally indicate that you were not convicted of that crime. Other convictions may be reduced from felony to misdemeanor status in certain situations. Also, Orange County residents who have completed a term in prison may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation. In addition, if you are a Veteran who acquired a criminal record due to a mental health disorder stemming from service in the United States military and you have successfully participated in court-ordered treatment and services to address the sexual trauma, traumatic brain injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, or mental health problems stemming from military service you may qualify for early termination of probation and ultimately a dismissal of the charges.

A paralegal is available at the Orange County Public Defender's Main Office located at 14 Civic Center Plaza in Santa Ana to assist you in getting the process started. If you were represented by the Alternate Public Defender, you may contact the paralegal at Alternate Defenders: Veronica Mendieta (714) 568-4160. You can obtain the documents necessary to begin the process by clicking on the buttons on this page for the type of relief you are seeking. Download the application packets, fill them out as completely as possible, including the financial statement. Gather additional needed documentation such as letters of reference and certificates. You may mail or bring the completed packets into the Main Office. You may also request a packet be mailed to you by making a request by email or by calling (714) 834-2144 or toll free (866) 634-6224 during regular business hours  If you were represented by the Alternate Public Defender, you may contact the New Leaf Paralegal at Alternate Defenders: (714) 568-4160.

We offer the following "New Leaf" services:

  • Sealing Arrest Records
  • Sealing Juvenile Records
  • Early Probation Termination
  • Felony Reduction
  • Dismissals
  • Rehab & Pardon
  • Live Scan
  • Modification of Sentence from 365 Days to 364 Days

QUICK REFERENCE TABLE

Your Case Relief Desired Procedure
You were arrested but charges were never filed Record of arrest sealed and destroyed File a petition for 851.8 Finding of factual innocence.
Click to download appropriate forms
You were convicted of a misdemeanor and are still on probation Request early termination of Probation and file petition to have the conviction dismissed File a 1203.3 petition to have probation terminated early and a 1203.4 petition for a dismissal.
Click to download 1203.3 Form
Click to download New Leaf Application
Click to download Financial Statement Form
Click to download Waiver of Court Fees and Cost
Click to download 1203.4 Dismissal Form
Click to download 1203.4 Order Form
You were convicted of a misdemeanor and have successfully completed probation File a petition to have the conviction dismissed File a 1203.4 petition for dismissal.
Click to download New Leaf Application
Click to download Financial Statement Form
Click to download Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
Click to download 1203.4 Dismissal Form
Click to download 1203.4 Order Form
You were convicted of a misdemeanor but were not placed on probation File a petition to have the conviction dismissed File a 1203.4a petition for dismissal.
Click to download New Leaf Application
Click to download Financial Statement Form
Click to download Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
Click to download 1203.4 Dismissal Form
Click to download 1203.4 Order Form
You were convicted of a felony “wobbler” and are still on probation Request early release from probation and file a petition to have the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed File a 1203.3 to have probation terminate early. File a 17b to get felony reduced to a misdemeanor and file a 1203.4 petition for a dismissal.
Click to download 1203.3 Form
Click to download New Leaf Application
Click to download Financial Statement Form
Click to download Waiver of Courts Fees and Costs
Click to download 1203.4 Dismissal Form
Click to download 1203.4 Order Form
You were convicted of a felony and have completed your probation and/or county jail sentence File a petition to have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed File petition to have felony reduced and dismissed.
Click to download 1203.4 Dismissal Form
Click to download 1203.4 Order Form
Click to download New Leaf Application
Click to download Financial Statement Form
Click to download Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
You were convicted of a felony, were not given probation and were sentenced to county jail File a petition to have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed File a 17b petition and get the felony reduced and a 1203.4 petition for a dismissal.
Click to download New Leaf Application
Click to download Financial Statement Form
Click to download Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
Click to download 1203.4 Dismissal Form
Click to download 1203.4 Order Form
You were convicted of a felony in any county in California and were sentenced to state prison and you have lived in Orange County for the past five years File a petition for Certificate of Rehabilitation & Pardon File of 4852.01 petition for Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon File a 17b petition and get the felony reduced and a 1203.4 petition for a dismissal.
Click to download certificate of rehabilitation
Click to download 1203.4 Dismissal Form
Click to download 1203.4 Order Form
Click for DOJ live scan application form
Your conviction is showing up in background checks but you do not have the case number or court location information any longer to aid in seeking relief Obtain information to aid in locating court case and seeking relief Apply for a “Live Scan” to obtain a copy of your Dept. of Justice “rap sheet” showing your arrest and convictions. Click to download appropriate forms
You were convicted of a misdemeanor prior to 01-01-2015 and were sentenced to serve 365 days in county jail You want to modify your sentence to 364 days File a petition for modification of sentence (Form No. L-364).
Click to download appropriate form