You can find another attorney to handle the early termination and expungement. Contact some local attorneys and see what they say.
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Yes there's no reason you have to continue with your old lawyer.
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You can request an expungement after you successfully terminate your probation, which as you indicate, you can generally attempt to do at the halfway mark. That is the difficult part which you will likely need an experienced attorney to help you with. At that point you can move to expunge the conviction. You should never have an attorney represent you who aren't you are not 100% comfortable with. Start contacting attorneys and shop around. Most offer free consultations.
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You can hire a defense attorney to file a motion requesting early termination of probation. After your probatio is over you may seek have that attorney also seek to expunge the conviction. Also, keep in mind some felony convictions can be reduced to misdemeanors, but that should be done prior to receiving an expungement. Most defense attorneys in San Diego County offer free consultations, so you shouldn't hesitate to call and learn more about what can be done on your behalf.
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You may hire a new lawyer of your choice to handle whatever it is you hope to accomplish now. If you have not yet completed probation, you will need a motion for early termination of probation before you can file a 1203.4 petition.
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