No one wants to walk around with a criminal history behind them, sticking
out like an unwelcome shadow. Yet, for most people who have been convicted
of a crime, this is an everyday reality. If they knew about
expungements, though, the story might be different.
California’s Expungement Requirements & Process
An expungement will remove a prior conviction from a person’s criminal
record. However, not all convictions can be expunged and not all people
who have a criminal record are eligible to have it cleaned. There are
many guidelines and requirements surrounding the expungement process in
California. Due to the benefits it brings, it is highly encouraged you
explore it as an option all the same, especially since California allows
it for a wide variety of
misdemeanors and felonies.
Some requirements for expungement in California are:
- You were not convicted in federal court.
- State imprisonment was not part of your sentencing requirements.
- You satisfied all terms of probation.
- Your sentencing requirements were terminated early by a court.
- You are not currently imprisoned.
- You have no pending criminal investigations or charges against you.
If you are eligible for expungement and you file correctly, then the guilty
plea on your record will be changed to one of not guilty. In effect, you
will no longer have ever been convicted for that crime.
Benefits of a Successful Expungement
Once you complete a successful expungement of your criminal record, the
societal and professional benefits will be great. Many employers will
not hire someone with a serious criminal conviction. Most landlords will
not let a convicted person to rent their space. Even banks and loan offices
set aside the applications of people with criminal records. An expungement
changes all that by giving you a clean slate and the power to move forward
as a new person.
Do you have marks on your criminal record you would like to expunge?
Contact Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich and the firm’s highly-experienced,
greatly-acclaimed Riverside criminal defense attorneys. With their help,
you may be able to secure a brighter future for yourself through expungement.
Why wait? Call
951.687.6003 and get a
free consultation to discover what options are available to you.