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An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Can Expunge Your Criminal Record

Posted on in Criminal Defense

If you are one of the countless California residents with past criminal offenses that you now find embarrassing or which limit your ability to achieve your goals in life, help is available. Under California law, you may be eligible for an expungement of your criminal record. An expungement can give you a fresh start, free from the stigma of your past indiscretion.

Until relatively recently, criminal records, while still a matter of public record, were largely outside of the public view, locked away in government agencies. However, with the proliferation of online criminal records, learning someone's criminal history can a just few mouse clicks away for anyone with internet access.

This can be humiliating, and professional damaging, for anyone who has paid their debt to society. California lawmakers have recognized this by making record expungement – which basically erases your public criminal history – available for anyone with a record who meets several criteria.

In order to be eligible for expungement, the following conditions must be met:

  • You were convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor
  • You have successfully completed probation
  • You have not committed any additional crimes while on probation
  • You have no current or pending criminal charges
  • You are not currently serving a sentence on any other offense
  • You have not served a sentence in a California state prison
  • You have never been convicted of any sexual offense involving a minor

If your expungement is granted, any record of your conviction will be removed from any publicly accessible records. Your offense will still be listed on records accessible by police, law enforcement authorities, and select government agencies, but will be listed as ‘not guilty'.

Potential or current employers will not be able to find any record of criminal convictions against you, and you will be able to legally state that you have no criminal convictions if asked during a job interview.

Expungement can be the fresh start that you need to move past your criminal past into a bright new future free of the stigma of a criminal record.

Contact us today if you need more information regarding expungement. Our experienced legal team will fight for you rights to a brighter future.

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