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A California law that took effect January could help undocumented immigrants with previous crimes.
In immigration cases, it allows people who are no longer in jail or prison to file a motion to vacate their criminal convictions.
For example, a conviction or sentence can be legally invalid if, due to poor legal representation, a defendant did not fully understand the immigration consequences of accepting a guilty plea.