A criminal record will follow you around and cause unexpected troubles
throughout your day-to-day life. Certain employers will not accept your
job applications, lenders and banks may disapprove your loan applications
after taking application fees from you, and even landlords may decide
not to allow you rent from them. The negative consequences can be true
if you are convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony, or also just if you
were arrested for a serious crime but never actually charged.
Expungement is a legal process in California that lets you “clean up”
your criminal record in an attempt to improve your future chances of success.
Unlike record sealing, expungement actually removes a mark from your record,
making it the most effective way to leave the past behind you. Only certain
people can use expungement, though, based on eligibility requirements.
You may be eligible for expungement if:
- Your conviction occurred in a state court.
- You were never sent to state prison after conviction.
- You complete probation if granted.
- You complete all other sentencing requirements, including paying fines.
- You are not currently facing other criminal charges.
You may not be eligible for expungement if:
- You were convicted of a federal crime.
You were convicted for a serious felony, like
child sex crimes and
- You are arrested again for a previously expunged offense, which may also
reverse that prior expungement.
The simplest way to know if you are eligible for expungement is working
with a criminal defense lawyer throughout your expungement case. Rather
than trying to sort through the fine details and prerequisites on your
own, the attorney on your side can do that for you, quicker and more accurately.
Alternatives to Expungement & Legal Assistance
Are you worried you do not meet California’s expungement requirements?
Keep in mind this is not the only way to try to brush clean or improve
your criminal record. You might be able to explore the possibilities of
rehabilitation paired with expungement, pardon, clemency, and the
finding of factual innocence.
Get to the bottom of your expungement case with Hanson, Gorian, Bradford
& Hanich and our Temecula expungement lawyers. We have the know-how
and experienced needed to sort through your criminal record and see what
can or cannot be expunged. Since we offer
free initial consultations, you really have nothing to lose.
Contact us today by calling