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Josh

Josh was arrested but could not prove his innocence. He felt he had no choice but to plead guilty. He did jail time for commercial burglary; it was the felony that led to a string of other misdemeanors once he was released.

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Josh was living in a friend’s garage and searching online for easy ways to make money to pay for his addiction. He fell for an online scammer that sent him a fraudulent check under the guise of a secret shopper opportunity. When he tried to cash the check, Huntington Beach police immediately swarmed him and took him into custody.

Josh was arrested but could not prove his innocence. He felt he had no choice but to plead guilty. He did jail time for commercial burglary; it was the felony that led to a string of other misdemeanors once he was released. He knew he needed help. Josh came to Orange County Rescue Mission and completed the Double R Ranch program. He came back from the Ranch transformed—God had restored his heart, changed his life, and given him hope for his future. But his criminal record severely limited his employment options.

Josh found a great job opportunity with Tustin Mazda, but he needed a clean criminal record to get the required sales license. He reached out to Trinity Law Clinic to see if they could help him clear his record.

The volunteers at Trinity Law Clinic worked with him every step of the way to make it a simple and easy process. They wrote up a proposal to the judge explaining why Josh should have his record expunged. And because Trinity was working with him, Josh was able to start working for Mazda. This enabled him to save to pay off his fines and court fees, about $1,200 in total, so he could be released from probation.

“Trinity Law Clinic gave me a chance to have my voice heard and the knowledge to not let something like this happen again,” Josh shares. Today, he is a successful Internet Manager for Tustin Mazda, an opportunity that would not have been available to him without Trinity’s assistance. “I have a great life, and I could not thank Trinity Law Clinic enough for all they have done.”

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