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 County criminal defense Attorney. With their help, you may be able to secure a brighter future for yourself through expungement. Why wait? Call (951) 506-6654 and get a free consultation to discover what options are available to you.