Sample Letter of Reference for Expungement

Expungement Reference Letter SampleThe following sample reference letter for an expungement is meant to be used as a guide only. It is important that a reference letter that you submit be written by you and accurately reflect your perspective on the person seeking the expungement. Your letter should be detailed, yet concise, and provide a clear statement explaining why the expungement should be granted. If you need information about the expungement process in general before you write your letter, click here.

September __, 20__

Judge Bill Smith
Superior Court of Sacramento County
720 9th Street
Sacramento, CA  95814

RE: Expungement for Alex Jones

Dear Judge Smith:

I am Alex Jones's father and am writing in support of Alex's petition to have his criminal record expunged in case number 12345678.

I currently work in the accounting department at the California State Department of **** in downtown Sacramento. I am 52 years old.

Alex was a senior at UC Davis when he got his DUI. In September of that year he went to a party during the opening week of school, drank heavily, and then tried to drive back to his apartment. He crashed his car into a stop sign in one of Davis's residential neighborhoods. Fortunately, there were no pedestrians or other cars at the intersection at the time, so no one got hurt. But Alex was arrest by the police who came to the scene to investigate.

As does sometimes happen, something good came out of that horrible evening. As Alex went through the court process, he began to reflect on what he was doing with his life. It took some time, but Alex did realize that he and alcohol were not a good combination. A month before he graduated, he announced that he would give up alcohol and he has been true to his word in the six years since then. He has found success at his work at a local software company and has plans for more education. I'm also happy to say that he has found a good group of friends who enjoy the outdoors and even volunteer at a soup kitchen downtown periodically.

Alex is the sort of person the expungement process was designed for. He definitely made a mistake when he was younger. But he has owned up to his errors and put himself on the right path. I'm proud to call him my son. I hope that you see the good person he has become and grant the expungement of this DUI from his criminal record.


Steve Jones
1 Spring Street
El Dorado Hills, CA
(916) ***-****