Expungement is a legal process that allows for a criminal conviction or a plea of guilty or no contest to be set aside and for a dismissal of the case.
Successfully seeking the expungement of a criminal charge from your record can alleviate the obligation to disclose the criminal conviction on job applications, loan applications, rental applications and in other similar situations when an inquiry has been made about whether you have ever been convicted or a crime.
Having a criminal record expunged, sealed, cleared or destroyed can be an excellent way to gain a fresh start on life.
Without the weight of a criminal record or old arrest, clients are free from the embarrassment or worry that comes with each new job application. They are finally able to put the past behind them without fearing the damage to a reputation that often comes when friends, family or co-workers learn about a past criminal conviction.
The Los Angeles and Ventura criminal defense attorneys at the Kann California Defense Group represent clients seeking the expungement of a criminal record. While many expungements are available to clients as a matter of right, seeking the representation of a qualified defense lawyer can help ensure the best chance for success.
Expunging a criminal record and protecting your reputation has never been more important than it is in today's world of computer technology. While a criminal record used to be a fairly well-kept secret known mostly to law enforcement and the court system, your past is now available for the world to see through online criminal records, court files, and other Internet access to your personal information.
Some charge, such as strike charges, cannot be expunged but a qualified attorney may still be able to help. Other charges are up to the discretion of a judge and an experienced attorney is in the best position to draft a declaration to the court, showing good cause as to why the charge should be removed from your record. In a case where a criminal charge is eligible to be expunged, a client may begin the process after successfully completing any period or probation.
The attorneys at the Kann California Defense Group represent clients seeking to expunge criminal records at a variety of stages in the criminal process, including:
- Following completion or termination of probation.
- After misdemeanor sentencing.
- After completion of treatment for nonviolent drug possession.
- Petitioning to withdraw a plea of guilty or no contest to a charge.
- Seeking dismissal of a felony or misdemeanor offense.
- Reduction of felony cases to misdemeanor offense.
- Expungement of DUI offenses.
- Early termination of probation.
- Sealing a juvenile record.
- Seek termination of sex offender registration.
Typically, even after expungement, a criminal conviction can still be used against you when applying for a professional license with the State of California. And again, an attorney experienced with the process can assist you in determining the best course of action.
If an old criminal conviction is holding you back, contact the Kann California Defense Group today for a free and confidential consultation to discuss expunging your criminal record and winning a new beginning.