Ex-convicts find a well-deserved fresh start through the expungement of their criminal records, but not all are eligible. There are many requirements and steps you must follow to prevent your request from being denied.
What are the criteria?
- Your crime is not a federal crime.
- You were not sentenced for a sex crime in connection with a minor.
- You completed your sentence or probation.
- You did not serve your time in state prison.
- You went to state prison for a crime that could have sent you to the county jail.
Does it erase all the files and details of my case?
Unfortunately, your record will not completely disappear. Instead, what happens is that after an evaluation of your case, the charges are dismissed, and a plea of not guilty is entered in your criminal record. Your future boss will be able to see the crime you committed, but with the advantage that he will also see the dismissal of all charges.
How to start the process?
- Gather all the documents in your case. You can find a copy of your record on this page from the California Department of Justice.
- Review your conviction details such as jail time, the date of the last day of your probation, etc.
- Determine if you meet the requirements.
- Seek legal advice.
This process involves filling out documents that vary according to the situation. You can play it safe and save time by hiring an attorney to guide you at all times. After completing the document portion of the process, you will be summoned to a hearing in which the judge will ask you questions to decide if you are eligible.
Few unrepresented ex-convicts come out of that view with a clean record, but the odds are in their favor with a strong defense created by an attorney. He is the only expert capable of preparing you for your court date.
If you want the best result for your expungement in California, contact our experts. We have a proven track record of obtaining favorable verdicts in many different types of criminal cases.