Norwalk, CA asked in Criminal Law for California

Q: If one has committed a felony in one state, can another state grant a certificate of rehabilitation for that felony?

The felony was in Oklahoma which does not appear to have provision for rehabilitation or restoration of rights. Expungement is possible, but in this case the crime was violent which precludes consideration for expungement under Oklahoma law. I live in California which does offer a chance for a certificate of rehabilitation, therefore I am asking if California can review the case and possibly grant pardon, a certificate of rehabilitation, or restoration of rights.

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Robert Douglas Kane Jr

Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Eagan, MN
  • Licensed in California

A: California courts are not going to have jurisdiction over what happened in the Oklahoma courts. I am not too familiar with Certs of Rehab, but if you were to obtain one in CA, it still would affect the OK case.

David Philip Shapiro Esq

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  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Oklahoma might declare war on Gov. Jerry Brown if he did that....assuming he wanted to do so in the first place.

Robert Lee Marshall

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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • OROVILLE, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: A certificate of rehabilitation is the first step toward a pardon for crimes committed in California. However, the California courts don't have jurisdiction to review an Oklahoma case. Even if they did, there is no realistic chance of getting a pardon in California for a violent felony. California governors have only granted a handful of pardons in the last two decades.

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