Are records of a criminal record clearance accessible to the public?
Yes. A criminal record clearance pursuant to California Penal Code §1203.4 reopens the case, and erases the conviction, but records of the record clearance are available to the public. An order of relief under § 1203.4 is intended to reward an individual who successfully completes probation. Expungement, however, does not erase a conviction for all purposes, and records of an expunged conviction are accessible to the public. People v. Field (1995, Cal App 4th Dist) 31 Cal App 4th 1778, 37 Cal Rptr 2d 803.