Is My Criminal Record in California Eligible for Expungement?

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 of your loan applications after taking application fees from you, and even landlords may decide not to allow you to 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 murder.
  • 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 record sealing, 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 experience 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 (951) 506-6654.


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