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All About California Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEOJ)

Deferred Entry of Judgment (DEOJ) in California

Deferred entry of judgement (DEOJ) means that the judgment in a criminal case is delayed while the defendant is ordered to participate in a remedial class. (theft awareness class, etc.) If there are no other criminal incidents, the Judge will dismiss the case upon completion of the course.

Important – if the court grants you a DEOJ, you may be eligible for sealing your arrest record. Furthermore, since a DEOJ avoids a conviction, you may legally answer “no” when asked “have you been convicted of a crime?”

What Is a DEOJ and How Can I Qualify?

To qualify for a DEOJ, the person accused of the crime, among other things, must meet the following criteria:

  1. The charged offense did not involve violence;
  2. There was no evidence of a violation relating to narcotics other than a violation that qualifies for a stated program;
  3. The defendant’s record does not indicate that probation had ever been revoked; and
  4. The defendant’s record does not indicate that he or she was granted diversion, deferred entry of judgment, or was convicted of a felony within 5 years prior to the alleged commission of the charged offense.

Cases where a DEOJ may be appropriate include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Domestic violence;
  • Petty theft;
  • Grand theft;
  • Various drug offenses;
  • Hit and run;
  • Lying to a police officer about identity;
  • Resisting arrest;
  • Trespass;
  • Burglary;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • Public drunkenness;
  • Child endangerment; etc.

For more information, please refer to Assembly Bill No. 208 – an act to amend Sections 1000, 1000.1, 1000.2, 1000.3, 1000.4, 1000.5, and 1000.6 of, and to add Section 1000.65 to, the Penal Code, relating to deferred entry of judgment. [Approved by the Governor on October 14, 2017. Filed with the Secretary of State on October 14, 2017.]

For more information about the possibility of obtaining a Deferred Entry of Judgment, please contact our office online, or call (888) 865-0741to schedule a free consultation.

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