California law provides a few different ways for individuals to clean up their criminal records. Depending on the circumstances, many defendants are eligible to have old felonies reduced to misdemeanors and / or to have old cases dismissed entirely. Call us to discuss which of these options might be right for you.
Having an experienced attorney prepare your expungement increases the chances that the petition will be approved the first time, without unnecessary delays. PC 1203.4 governs expungement petitions everywhere in California, but the procedures for filing expungements vary from court to court. Los Angeles and Orange County, for instance, require the payment of filing fees up front. Riverside and San Bernardino County impose filing fees after the petition is heard by a judge.
Our office is based in Orange County, but we can prepare and file expungement petitions anywhere statewide.
Wherever your case is heard, our professional staff will prepare the proper paperwork, file it with the court, serve it on the District Attorney, and appear in court for any necessary hearings.
After your expungement is granted, you may honestly state that you have no criminal convictions in response to questions on most job applications. Employers in California may not legally discriminate against job applicants based on criminal charges that result in dismissals. Earning an expungement can help you get back onto your feet after you've been through a rough patch.
If mistakes from your past are standing between you and a better job, call us to discuss your options. We can pull a copy of your case file from the court's records to determine whether or not you are eligible for an expungement. There are many factors that may affect your eligibility, but we won't accept a penny from you if we can't help.
If you've previously been convicted of a felony, you might be eligible for a reduction of charges. In many cases, a reduction (from a felony to a misdemeanor) can restore gun rights and may have major implications for immigration.
If you have questions about cleaning up your criminal record anywhere in California, call us for free attorney consultation.
Note: The Judicial Council of California announced a few years ago that they disfavor the word "expungement" because the term may be misleading. Calling the petition an "expungement" wrongly implies that is has the effect of completely erasing a petitioner's criminal record. The petition actually has the effect of changing an entry on the petitioner's criminal history report from a "conviction" to a "dismissal". The judicial council advises that the petition should properly be called a "1203.4 Dismissal". I use the word "expungement" here because that term is still more widely understood in common usage.