Santa Rosa Expungement Lawyer
Helping Clients in Sonoma County Understand The Expungement Process in California
In California, an expungement is a 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 wholly set aside by the California court, and the case is ultimately dismissed! An expungement does not entirely seal or destroy a person's criminal record, but it relieves the defendant of specific penalties they faced from their conviction.
What Crimes are Expungable in California?
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 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.
Call Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. today at (707) 418-5352 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our expungement attorney in Santa Rosa!
Why Is an Expungement Important?
A criminal record can prevent you from getting a good job, obtaining credit, voting, or obtaining specific professional licenses. It can even affect your ability to become a United States citizen and obtain 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 to dismiss 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!
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.
Contact Our Santa Rosa Expungement Attorney Today
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 expungement attorney at the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig help you get your criminal record cleared of DUI, misdemeanor, and felony convictions! Obtaining an expungement of your criminal convictions under Penal Code section 1203.4 is the first step to getting a fresh, clean record!
Why Choose Our Santa Rosa Expungement Lawyer?
- 1,000s of criminal cases skillfully handled
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- Available by phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
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!
Contact the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C. today to schedule a FREE consultation with our expungement lawyer in Santa Rosa!
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