California Post Conviction Relief Lawyer

A conviction in a California criminal court can have lifelong consequences, but relief may be available.

A conviction in a California criminal court can have lifelong consequences that impact your employment, housing, voting rights, and relationships.

Many people feel that the outcome is unfair, or that they were not adequately represented. Others believe that although they were guilty of a crime, the conviction should not have a continuing impact on their lives.

These individuals have the option of seeking post-conviction relief. In some cases, post-conviction relief may be mandatory, but it remains discretionary in others. A California post-conviction relief lawyer could help assist you with pursuing relief that may be available in your case, such as vacating a conviction or reducing the charge from a felony to a misdemeanor. Reach out to a criminal defense attorney to obtain the post-conviction relief you deserve.

The Law Office of Valery Nechay can help you obtain the following types of post-conviction or post-arrest relief:


  • Motion for “Compassionate Release” during Covid-19 Pandemic under the First Step Act
  • Penal Code 851.91 and 851.97 aka C.A.R.E. Act– Petition to Seal Arrest Records that Did Not Result in a Conviction
  • Penal Code 17b– Motion to Reduce Felony to Misdemeanor
  • Penal Code 1203.4– Expungement Motion 
  • Penal Code 1203.43– Clearing a Criminal Record after Completing Drug Treatment Diversionary Program 
  • Penal Code 1203.3– Motion to Terminate Probation Early
  • Proposition 64 that Decriminalizes the Possession of Marijuana and allows People with Convictions for this Former Crime to Expunge Their Criminal Records
  • Proposition 47 Motion– Reclassification Motion Based on Change in Law
  • Penal Code 1473.7 Motion to Withdraw Plea
  • Penal Code 4852.01– Obtaining Certificate of Rehabilitation for Penal Code 290 Registrant Cases
  • Romero Motion to Strike Prior Strike 
  • Motion for Military Diversion
  • Motion to Recall Bench Warrant
  • Motion to Modify Protective Orders
"Reaching out to Ms. Nechay was the only good decision I made during my run in with the law. I was arrested for urinating in public and public intoxication. She immediately dove into my case by learning local laws and jurisdiction in a state where she does not practice. She obtained my arrest report and Police car/body cam footage of the arrest. She found multiple discrepancies between the Police report and the actual events that unfolded. She quickly contacted the prosecutor who oversaw my case and convinced him to dismiss all charges before my appointed court date. I was required to inform my employer of the arrest and charges. Ms. Nechay provided several hours of her time to help coach me how to deal with that dicey process. I could not have asked for a better outcome both legally and with my employer. I am sincerely grateful for her diligent and effective efforts. If you find yourself requiring legal help, she is the attorney to call."
Thomas S. | June 18, 2017

"Valery gave her full attention to my case. She took the time to explain the process, my options, and help me understand how to navigate my life during a difficult and painful time. She is an outstanding legal professional and the one to call should you find yourself in legal trouble."
Kelly F. | June 30, 2017


If you are under investigation or charged with a crime, I will consult with you in person and at no charge to you.