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The short answer is yes. You can still complete an expungement of the criminal record.
The court file is destroyed because the courts are only obligated to maintain the record for a specified period of time.
The process for an expungement of a record in California can be found here: http://saclaw.org/wp-content/uploads/sbs-expunging-criminal-records.pdf
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