Expungement

CRIMINAL LAW EXPUNGEMENT

If you have prior convictions, you need an attorney to fight to clear your record. If you have prior felony convictions, you may be eligible to have the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor and then dismissed from your record. You need a detail oriented attorney to gather character recommendations on your behalf, and to prepare a well crafted expungement and/or reduction motion to be argued before the Court.

Our office has extensive experience with expungement and reduction motions. We have successfully cleared records for countless past clients. Please contact our office, if you would like to discuss having your record cleared.

Benefits of Expunging Your Record of Expunging or Sealing Criminal Record:

1. Employment
Employers often deny jobs to applicants with a criminal record. IF YOUR CASE HAS BEEN EXPUNGED YOU CAN LEGALLY TELL A POTENTIAL EMPLOYER THAT YOU HAVE NOT BEEN CONVICTED OF A CRIME.
2. Education
The Higher Education Act of 1998 makes students convicted of drug related offenses ineligible for any grant, loan or work assistance. – Having a criminal record may prevent you from attending the college of your choice or disqualify you from certain graduate programs
3. Housing
Private landlords can legally deny housing to someone with convictions.
4. Loans
Having a criminal record may make you ineligible for a loan or result in higher interest rates – Certain offenses can eliminate the possibility of a student receiving financial aid
5. Licensing & Certification
Convictions can prevent you from obtaining state licenses and certifications. Over half the states in the U.S. have no standards governing the relevance of an applicant’s conviction records for occupational licenses.
6. Insurance Rates
High insurance premiums may result if a criminal record is found. Specific offenses may deem you “uninsurable” or “high risk.”
7. Firearm Rights
Hunting rights may be limited to archery or muzzle loaders. – Convictions can greatly restrict gun ownership.
8. Federal Assistance
Several states ban people with convictions from being eligible for federally funded public assistance and food stamps. Many public housing authorities deny eligibility for federally assisted housing based on an arrest that never led to a conviction.
9. Adoption
Fifteen states ban people with a criminal record from becoming an adoptive or foster parent.
10. Volunteering
Nearly all volunteer positions involving youth require a clean criminal history.

EXPUNGEMENT FAQS

How long does the expungement process take?
Typically between 6-12 weeks depending on the courthouse.

How do I get my criminal record?
Call our firm and we will walk you through the options.

Will I need to go to court?
No, in fact our firm will file motions which will allow us to go to court on your behalf.

If I get an expungement and an employer asks me if I have been convicted of a crime what do I answer?
Once the process is complete and the motion for Expungement has been granted by a Judge you can answer “NO” to that question.

Will this help immigration issues?
Yes, the fact that you took the appropriate steps to exhaust every legal remedy afforded to you will show the immigration system your devotion to fix whatever problems you may have based on your past.

Do I speak to an attorney?
Yes, WE ARE A LAW FIRM. A CALIFORNIA STATE BAR CERTIFIED lawyer will be handling each file and there will be direct communication with you and the attorney.

Can I reduce my felony into a misdemeanor?
Yes, if the crime qualifies.

Sound too good to be true?
If you qualify, this is a reality. Our law office has been devoted to helping people move on from their past in hopes of creating a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones. Call our offices today and find out if you qualify.