A notarized letter from the complainant as to how this matter ended really wouldn't have any legal significance where it counted. A letter from the DA stating that the case was nolle prosequied (dismissed by the state for failure to prosecute), on letterhead and with the DAs seal, would be proof that this case is closed and is not a conviction against you.
However, you will want it off of your RAP sheet altogether, which would be the best and most direct solution to your problem. You should be able to get the matter expunged (erased) so that it cannot be seen in a background check.
There are lawyers who specialize in Pardons and Expungements
, but this is also something that a former defendant can do for himself, unless he tries and feels it's over his head. California has thoughtfully provided a self-help center
for those who wish to apply to get something removed from their record. I have provided you with a link to the site. You will find all the directions and forms you can download there.
If after you look the site over, you feel that your chances of success might be better if a lawyer did this for you, you could get a low cost one-time 30-minute consultation with an expungement lawyer by contacting the California Bar Association's referral service
. They license lawyers in the state so anyone they'd refer you to would be a member of the state bar in good standing, and you could retain him thereafter to do the job for you, though you'd be under no obligation to..
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This thread will not close and you can always use it to get clarification.This is informational only and is NOT legal advice. There is no attorney-client relationship. You are advised to consult an attorney in your state for specific legal advice.
Edited by FranL on 11/1/2009 at 2:59 PM EST