The Clean Slate Practice of the East Bay Community Law Center uses strategic legal and policy tools to reduce pathways to the criminal justice system and remove barriers to employment and civic participation for people with criminal records. Clean Slate attorneys and advocates provide assistance to clients in the following areas:
- Post-Conviction Remedies (including early termination of probation, PC 1203.4 dismissals, Felony reductions including Prop 47 and Prop 64 Petitions)
- Sealing of Arrest Record—Factual Innocence
- Vacating Convictions for Survivors of Human Trafficking and Immigrants
- Employment Denials Due to Criminal Background
- Occupational Licensing Denials Due to Criminal Background (ex: DSS, Security Guard, CNA, etc.)
- Driver’s License Suspensions
- Reduction and Discharge of Court Fines and Fees (e.g., traffic tickets, criminal court debt)
- Reduction and Discharge of predatory municipal debt (e.g., parking tickets, towing fees)
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Am I eligible for these services?
Free legal services are provided to individuals who:
- Seek remedies for arrests/ convictions in Alameda County
- Face barriers to employment or occupational licensure due to a criminal record
- Have municipal or court fines and fees in Alameda County that they cannot afford to pay
- Have a driver’s license suspension due to outstanding fines or fees
* The East Bay Community Law Center provides free legal services to eligible East Bay clients. Specific service criteria vary by subject matter and change over time, so please contact the office with any specific questions.
** EBCLC cannot provide legal information or advice via email. Please contact us during regular intake hours to determine eligibility for services.
How do I receive these services?
For clients seeking assistance with criminal record remedies or employment/licensing advocacy related to a criminal record, drop by one of our Joint Clinics where you may receive one on one consultation to determine what services we can provide. Please note that no appointment is necessary, but please bring copies of any relevant documents.
- Dublin Clinic:
- Where: Dublin Public Defender’s Office, 5149 Gleason Drive, #C155, Dublin
- When: Every Wednesday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am*
- Oakland Clinic:
- Where: Oakland Public Defender’s Office, 545 4th St, Oakland
- When: Every Thursday from 9:00 am – 11:00 am*
*Except for court and national holidays when the offices are closed.
If you live outside California or are otherwise unable to come in person to a clinic, you can apply online. Only apply online if you are NOT attending clinic in person. If you have applied online, please follow the instructions provided online and contact EBCLC once you have a RAP sheet.
For clients seeking assistance with court fines and fees, driver’s license suspensions, or municipal fines and fees, drop by our weekly Fines, Fees & Traffic Clinic on Wednesdays from 9:00AM – 12:00PM at our office on 1950 University Ave, Suite 200, Berkeley, CA 94704.
For issues related to outstanding court debt please bring any documentation you have including but not limited to the following:
- Evidence of income
- Evidence of Public Benefits
- Billing statements related to the Court debt
- Notices of wage garnishment or tax interception
For issues related traffic issues please bring any documentation you may have including but not limited to:
- Traffic tickets
- Letters from the Court
- Letters from the DMV
- Evidence of Income
- Evidence of Public Benefits
Referrals for other services
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What can be done about bail and/or bail bond issues in California?
Answer: Please see here.
Question: Can I vote if I have a criminal record?
Answer: You can vote if you are (1) a US Citizen, (2) 18 years or older, (3) out of prison, and (4) off parole. You must be registered to vote no later than 15 days before the next election and you can register at www.registertovote.ca.gov. Please see this flyer for more information about civic participation such as voting and jury service here.
Question: What can I expect when I show up for Traffic Court?
Answer: See here.
Question: What do I do if I can’t afford to pay a traffic ticket in Alameda County?
Answer: Alameda County has a process for people who cannot afford to pay traffic tickets, more information here: http://www.alameda.courts.ca.gov/Pages.aspx/What-if-I-can-t-afford-to-pay- and here.
Question: What is “Ban the Box”/”California Fair Chance Act” and how does it impact workers?
Answer: See the National Employment Law Project (NELP) factsheet and Know Your Rights as a jobseeker: http://www.nelp.org/publication/california-fair-chance-act-jobseeker-know-your-rights/
Question: What is “Ban the Box”/”California Fair Chance Act” and how does it impact employers?
Answer: See the National Employment Law Project (NELP) factsheet and Employer Obligations: http://www.nelp.org/publication/california-fair-chance-act-employer-obligations/