Dealing with the long-term consequences can sometimes be the most difficult part of a criminal defense. Having a crime on your record can have major ramifications for your future. You could have trouble getting a job or an apartment when background checks are required, and you could wind up paying more for auto insurance. Fortunately, it is possible to expunge most criminal convictions in California. An attorney who specializes in record clearing can help you understand the process, prepare the necessary paperwork, and argue on your behalf to maximize your success.
What does expungement mean?
Expungement means dismissing and/or sealing a conviction record That means your conviction may not show up on typical commercial background checks, and most states will not require you to disclose the information to employers and landlords. Keep in mind that expunged records may still appear on more thorough background checks, and you would be obligated to disclose the conviction when applying for California state licenses or teaching credentials.
Am I eligible to have my California conviction expunged?
In most cases, you are eligible to have your conviction expunged/dismissed after you have successfully completed probation, and paid any fines and restitution. You must also not be facing any other charges or be serving any sentence on any other criminal matter.
How can an attorney help me?
An attorney can assist you with the expungement process to give you the highest chances of success. They can prepare the Motion for the court and can attend the court hearing on your behalf.
Contact us if you or a loved one need help from a Fresno Criminal Defense Attorney, expunging or dismissing a criminal conviction, Sawl Law Group offers caring service and proven results.