Requesting an Expungement in CA
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Is a prior criminal conviction on your record preventing you from getting a job? Are you trying to get a state license for your trade or profession? Are you worried about a minor conviction from your past ending your chances of becoming a United States citizen? Let our Santa Rosa expungements attorney at the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig help you get your criminal record cleared of DUI, misdemeanor, and felony convictions! Obtaining expungement of your criminal convictions under Penal Code section 1203.4 is the first step to obtaining a fresh clean record!
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What Is an Expungement?
In California, an expungement is the process by which a person's criminal convictions are dismissed under Penal Code section 1203.4. The previously entered guilty or "no contest" plea or finding of guilt by a judge or jury is completely set aside by the California court and the case is completely dismissed! An expungement does not completely seal or destroy a person's criminal record, but it relieves the defendant of certain penalties they faced from their conviction.
Clearing your California criminal record with a record expungement will also help you get a job (or a better one)! Once your prior convictions are dismissed you may honestly answer "NO" when asked by a private employer if you have ever been convicted of a criminal offense.
Why Is an Expungement Important?
A criminal record can prevent you from getting a good job, obtaining credit, voting, obtaining certain professional licenses, and it can even affect your ability to become a United States citizen and obtaining other social benefits. It may also prevent you from traveling to certain countries where even a misdemeanor DUI conviction may prevent entry. Expungements and clearing your criminal record dismisses your prior criminal convictions from the public record.
Expungement can also make a person eligible for:
- The ability to run for political office
- Applying for and obtain credit
You will not have to walk around as a "criminal" and will not have to worry about applying for that next job!
Are Your Convictions Eligible for an Expungement?
Not all criminal convictions can be expunged. Most misdemeanors as well as some felonies qualify for expungement and dismissal. Felony convictions may be expunged as long as the defendant did not serve time in State Prison and successfully completed all the terms of probation. While it does not determine whether a person is eligible to apply for an expungement, the number of convictions a person has on their criminal record, as well as the dates of those convictions, are also factors the court will consider when deciding whether to grant an expungement and dismiss a defendant's past conviction. Our experienced Santa Rosa expungement attorney can evaluate your criminal record and past convictions to determine if you are eligible to have some of your convictions dismissed!
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The Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. is located in downtown Santa Rosa, California, which is conveniently near the Sonoma County Courthouse and Jail facilities. Our criminal defense team is also accessible by phone 24/7, so you know you can always reach us whenever you need our help!
If you are interested in clearing your prior convictions, speak with our attorney today at (707) 418-5352.