|Situation||You may be able to||
How to do it - San Luis Obispo Courts
|You were convicted of an infraction OR misdemeanor and were never given any probation at all.||File a petition to have conviction dismissed.||File Petition for Dismissal (PC §§ 17(b), 1203.4, 1203.4a, 1203.41).|
|You were convicted of an infraction OR misdemeanor and are still on probation.||Request early release from probation and file a petition to have conviction dismissed.||
This is a two step process. First, request to be placed on calendar at the appropriate branch court for a probation modification/early termination. Second, after probation has been terminated, file a Petition for Dismissal (PC §§ 17(b), 1203.4, 1203.4a, 1203.41).
|You were convicted of an infraction OR misdemeanor and have successfully completed probation.||File a petition to have conviction dismissed.||File a Petition for Dismissal (PC §§ 17(b), 1203.4, 1203.4a, 1203.41).|
|You were convicted of a felony and are still on probation.||Request early release from probation, request to have felony conviction reduced to misdemeanor and dismissed.||File a formal motion pursuant to PC1203.3 to have probation terminated early, a motion pursuant to PC17(b) to have felony reduced AND a PC1203.4 motion for dismissal. See Felony information below.|
|You were convicted of a felony and are done with probation and/or county jail time.||Request to have felony conviction reduced to misdemeanor and dismissed.||File a formal motion pursuant to PC17(b) to have felony reduced AND a PC 1203.4 motion for dismissal. See Felony information below.|
|You were convicted of a felony, were never given any probation at all and were sentenced to county jail.||Request to have felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed.||File a formal motion pursuant to PC17(b) to have felony reduced AND a PC1203.4 motion for dismissal. See Felony information below.|
|You were convicted of a felony and were sentenced to State Prison or under the authority of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation . (click on this link and type "pardon" in the search field).||File a petition for Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon. These forms are available at any branch of this Court.||See requirements included in the packet available at the Court about this process, and the ten-year rule under Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon.|
California Courts Information--Common Questions
For more details on the information listed on the chart above or to find answers to the questions that follow please visit the California Courts' website .
- Am I eligible for a dismissal?
- What will a dismissal do?
- What can employers ask me about my arrests and/or convictions?
- What if my cases are not in San Luis Obispo County or California?
Petition for Dismissal
(PC §§ 17(b) /1203.4/1203.4a/1203.41)
To file a Petition for Dismissal, two separate Judicial Council forms are required: CR180 and CR181. Please submit the following to the court branch  where your case was last heard. Petitions for convictions from the Grover Beach branch need to be submitted to the San Luis Obispo branch:
- Completed CR180  AND CR181  forms (one set for each case.)
- Information needed to complete your petition: Court case number, whether your sentence included probation or not, charge(s) you were convicted of and the conviction date. Please be aware that the conviction date is different from the violation date. This information can be obtained from your plea minute order, the case summary or by calling or visiting our Criminal Operations Clerk’s office. 
- $60 processing fee per case.
- Self-addressed stamped envelope (one per case).
Once submitted, the clerk will review the documents for completeness. If complete, the prosecuting attorney will be notified. The prosecuting attorney has 30 days to respond. After 30 days, the petition will be submitted to the assigned Bench Officer for review and signature. The clerk will notify you of the Bench Officer's decision by mail with a certified copy of the order using your self-addressed stamped envelope. If you neglect to submit a self-addressed stamped envelope, no notification will be mailed.
By directive of the Bench, these matters are always initially handled Ex Parte (or on paper, without a Court hearing). The matter will be placed on calendar only by order of the reviewing Bench Officer.
A formal motion placing the matter on calendar is required on PC §§ 17(b), 1203.4, 1203.4a, and 1203.41 requests (please refer to the California  and Local Rules of Court for specific rules regarding motions). Please submit any motion(s) and a $60 processing fee per case at the San Luis Obispo Branch.  All felony matters are heard at the San Luis Obispo location.
If you were on formal probation, the Probation Department  may be able to assist you in this matter. You may also contact your attorney to file a formal motion. If you would like to file the motion yourself, you are responsible for researching the applicable Rules of Court and other laws. The County Law Library  is a useful resource.
For further information on any of the above, please contact the Court branch where your case was last heard:
- San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles: 805-781-5670
- Grover Beach: operations are suspended, please contact San Luis Obispo branch 805-781-5670
To obtain information on Certificate of Rehabilitaiton or Governor's Pardon, go to cdcr.ca.gov and type "pardon" in the search field. This link takes you to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) website which contains a variety of information and forms for these processes.
Informational packets containing this information and forms are available at our branch court  locations.