The Conviction review Unit (CRU) of the Merced County District Attorney's Office may review convictions for violent crimes upon a claim of actual innocence and newly discovered evidence. The Unit may examine claims of innocence for other crimes if a significant prison commitment or collateral consequence indicates that an examination of the case is warranted.
A request to review a conviction must be submitted to the District Attorney's Office online or by mail, by using either the online or printable questionnaire below. Additional documents may be attached to your application in both versions.
If the matter you want reviewed DID NOT RESULT IN A CONVICTION, stop here. You do not need to go further. Matters that do not result in a conviction will not be reviewed.
If the conviction you want reviewed IS NOT A FELONY, stop here. You do not need to go further. Misdemeanor convictions and infractions will not be reviewed.
If the conviction you want reviewed OCCURED IN ANOTHER COUNTY, stop here. You do not need to go further. Convictions that occur outside of Merced County will not be reviewed.
Online Conviction Review Request Form
Printable Conviction Review Request Form (PDF)