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Criminal Record Relief

A criminal record can be a barrier to employment, education, housing and other opportunities.  If you’ve been convicted, there are resources available to help you get a second chance. 

Fresh Start, a program of the San Diego Public Defender’s Office, assigns experienced attorneys to review your criminal history and advise you on available options for relief.  

To request assistance, please fill out a PDF icon Fresh Start Request for Assistance form.  You may return the form through email, fax, mail, or drop off at the address below.

Office of the Public Defender
Fresh Start Program
451 A Street, Suite 900
San Diego, CA  92101
Fresh.Start@sdcounty.ca.gov
Fax: 619-338-4811 (Attn: Fresh Start Program)