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These organizations may provide assistance with some aspects of criminal cases. Contact these organizations directly for more information about the services provided.

  • Assistance with Cleaning Up Your Record

VLSP Criminal Records Expungement Clinic    916-551-2155  
2411 Alhambra Blvd. Ste. 110
Services Provided: Assistance with expunging criminal records, including early termination of probation. Appointments are made for the week on Monday mornings. The office open at 8am, and the line for appointments begins forming at 6am. 

Assistance for Crime Victims

Community Legal Services Clinic- McGeorge School of Law - Crime Victims Legal Clinic
3130 Fifth Avenue 916-340-6080
Services provided: Assisting crime victims in exercising their rights at every stage of the criminal proceeding, including but not limited to, bail hearings, release proceedings, pre-trial motion practice (i.e., motions to quash subpoenas, rape shield, closing the courtroom, protective orders), trial, and post-trial, such as drafting victims statements for sentencing, or arguing for victim restitution.   

Office of the Attorney General – Victim Service Unit
Services provided: Offers crime victims and their families support and information at every stage of the criminal process.

Victim/Witness Assistance Program (Sacramento District Attorney's Office) 
901 G Street 874-5701
Services provided: Trained and experienced victim advocates provide crisis counseling, direct assistance, and information about the criminal justice system and community referrals.

Prisoner's Rights and Family Resources

ACLU Prisoners' Rights 
News, information, cases and legal briefs related to prison conditions, medical care, and more.

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation information for prisoners and families. Link to the D.O.M. (Department Operations Manual) at

Legal Services for Prisoners with Children — manual for incarcerated parents, info about women's health care in prison, and more. 

Prison Law Office —  free services to prisoners challenging prison conditions; many handbooks and manuals for prisoners.

Prisoner Support Directory
Directory of organizations that assist prisoners and their families. Includes general interest and specialized organizations.

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The Judicial Council creates a few of the forms needed for criminal matters. Sacramento County Superior Court also creates forms for use in this county specifically. For other situations, you may need to create your own forms. Our Research Guides & Step by Steps have instructions and samples for some commonly-used forms.

Judicial Council Forms (
These mandatory forms can be filled out online.

Sacramento County Local Court Forms (
These cannot be filled out online. You can print them out and complete them by hand.

Sacramento County Public Law Library has prepared forms for some common situations for which there is no Judicial Council or local form. See the guides listed below to access the relevant forms.

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The Law Librarians have created these research guides as an aid for those starting a legal research project. These guides recommend print and electronic resources that will help you find answers to your law-related questions. Guides marked "Step-by-Step"  provide step-by-step information, as well as sample forms, for common legal procedures.  

Resources by other organizations:

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Everyday Law and Ask the County Law Librarian articles are written by Law Librarians on a variety of common legal issues.  

Articles from other organizations


The Law Librarians created these pamphlets in response to frequently asked questions on subjects not appropriate for more substantive guides. 

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Expunging Your Criminal Conviction (41:08)
Explains how to ask the court to dismiss your convictions and expunge your record. You will learn how to obtain and read your criminal record, and how to complete the necessary forms. (Click here for written instructions and samples.)