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A criminal conviction can be devastating to your future. The negative consequences of a conviction can haunt you for years, long after you finish serving your sentence. However, changes in legislation can result in the crimes for which an individual was convicted having  different, less-severe penalties than before. Some people just want to move on with life and make a better future for themselves without the weight of a prior conviction holding them back.

At The Nieves Law Firm, we understand how a criminal conviction can be hard to overcome. Whether a prior conviction is leading to unintended immigration consequences or difficulty finding employment, The Nieves Law Firm is here to help your get prior charges dismissed under Penal Code 1203.4, Our accomplished attorneys have the experience and dedication needed to help you find a solution to your post-conviction problems. Contact a Richmond post-conviction relief lawyer on our team today to schedule a free consultation.

What is Post-Conviction Relief in Richmond?

Post-conviction relief (PCR) is  any form of relief an individual can pursue after being convicted of a crime.  There are many different types of relief that  may be available to people convicted of a crime  in California, based on each individual’s current needs and future goals. Contact a Richmond post-conviction attorney on our team today to schedule a free consultation and learn what options are available to you.

What are Common Types of Post-Conviction Relief?

Some of the most common types of relief our Richmond post-conviction relief attorneys have represented defendants in include:

Motions to Vacate (Immigration)

Eligible non-citizens who did not understand the immigration consequences of a conviction or sentence can file a motion to have their conviction vacated

Certificates of Rehabilitation

Certificates of Rehabilitation serve as court-sanctioned evidence that you have been rehabilitated, and the certificate provides you with an automatic application for a Governor’s Pardon from your underlying crime. The conviction will remain on your record but the certificate of rehabilitation serves as proof of rehabilitation and a recommendation from the court that you should receive a pardon.


There is no such thing as an expungement in California.  Individuals looking to get a prior conviction dismissed are eligible for dismissal through Penal Code 1203.4. Relief under this code changes the outcome of your case from convicted to dismissed status. An entry will remain on your criminal history showing that the arrest resulted in a dismissed charge pursuant to PC 1203.4.

While the forms of relief listed above are some of the most common types, there are many other types of relief our office can help you pursue. A Richmond post-conviction relief attorney can help you determine which type of relief is best suited for you.

Why Hire The Nieves Law Firm for Your Post-Conviction Matters?

If you need assistance with post-conviction relief in Richmond, you’ve come to the right place. At The Nieves Law Firm, we have ample experience in post-conviction cases and have secured some very favorable outcomes for our clients. But, don’t take just our word for it. Check out the testimonial below to see what a former client had to say about our Richmond post-conviction relief attorneys.

Attorneys and judges have also taken notice of our work in the post-conviction arena. In fact, the post-conviction work that founder Jo-Anna Nieves did for a previous client can be seen in a published opinion by California Judge Kimberly J. Mueller. Bay Area immigration attorney Kevin Stewart also had this to say about our post-conviction work in a Google review:

“Jo-Anna is also an expert in post-conviction relief. This includes expungements, motions to vacate, plea withdrawals, and other forms of relief. With her years of experience and knowledge in this specialized area of criminal law, she helps clients clear their records and get a fresh start. I highly recommend the Nieves Law Firm.”

If you need an experienced team that knows how to get results in these cases, contact a Richmond PCR lawyer on our team to schedule a free consultation.

Contact The Nieves Law Firm

At The Nieves Law Firm, our mission is to take the “criminal” out of criminal defense. We are dedicated to helping individuals during every stage of the criminal process, before, during, and after their case comes to a close. Our commitment to post-conviction relief cases in the Bay Area is well-documented, and we are dedicated to providing high quality legal representation in this specific area of law. Contact a Richmond post-conviction relief lawyer at The Nieves Law Firm today to schedule a free consultation.

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The Nieves Law Firm is dedicated to providing aggressive criminal defense representation to working professionals who have found themselves in trouble with the law. We show up to win, and we’re not afraid to fight aggressively to accomplish our client’s goals.

We understand that being accused of a crime can be a scary and confusing experience. That’s why we take the stress off our clients by handling the full scope of their legal situation from the initial consultation to the final outcome. Our bilingual attorneys and staff are here to ensure that our clients feel heard and understood every step of the way.

As one of the largest criminal defense teams in Oakland and the Greater Bay Area, we have the resources and experience to handle even the most complex cases. Our experienced team examines various aspects of your case and, perhaps most importantly, we genuinely care about our clients and their future. We take the time to learn about their goals and priorities so that we can achieve an outcome that allows them to move past their mistakes and focus on the future they want. When you work with us, you become part of our team.

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Our skilled criminal defense attorneys have experience handling a wide range of criminal cases. With a deep understanding of the legal system and a track record of successful cases, our lawyers are committed to achieving the best possible outcome in your case.

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When facing a criminal charge, having dedicated and experienced attorneys on your side is critical. At The Nieves Law Firm, we understand the gravity of your situation, and our criminal defense attorneys provide unwavering support and legal guidance.

From the moment you reach out to us, we prioritize your well-being and legal interests. Our criminal lawyers are with you every step of the way, from arrest to hearings and beyond, to ensure that your rights are protected. Whether you’re facing charges related to DUI, drug offenses, assault, sex crimes or any other allegation, we have the knowledge and courtroom experience to fight vigorously on your behalf.

We believe in the power of collaboration and will actively involve you in the decision-making process, ensuring you are well-informed and empowered to make the best choices for your defense. Our goal is not only to navigate the legal complexities but also to provide you with the peace of mind and reassurance you deserve during this challenging time.

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