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Expungement of Criminal Records


An expungement (also known as a "dismissal") releases an individual from the negative consequences of a conviction for most purposes.

Expungement is available to defendants convicted of either California misdemeanors or felonies provided that:

1)         The defendant has successfully completed probation for the offense, and

2)         The defendant either did not serve time in state prison for the offense, or

3)         Served time in state prison, but would have served it in county jail had the crime been committed after implementation of "Realignment" under Proposition 47.1


What does a California expungement do?

Under Penal Code 1203.4, an expungement releases an individual from virtually "all penalties and disabilities" arising out of the conviction.

One particular benefit is that an expunged conviction does not need to be disclosed to potential employers at any time.
People are not eligible for expungement if they:
•    are currently charged with a criminal offense,
•    are on probation for a criminal offense or
•    are serving a sentence for a criminal offense.

These are the steps your attorney will follow to obtain an expungement:

1.    Analyzing the case to determine whether the defendant is eligible for this type of relief,
2.    Perform legal research on the current and relevant law,
3.    File the appropriate paperwork within the proper timeframes; and
4.    attending the expungement hearing in the designated court.

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