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Clearing Your Criminal Record in California: Are You Eligible?

California law has several ways in which a person may clean up their criminal record. Depending on the time since your conviction and the circumstances surrounding the charge, it may be possible to have the conviction expunged from your record. When a criminal record is expunged you may legally answer “no” when asked by private employers if you have ever been convicted of a crime.

If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and were not sentenced to probation or have successfully completed probation: If this is your situation, it is highly likely you will be able to have your record expunged. Contact an experienced California expungement attorney at Wallin and Klarich and they can get started immediately to clear your record.

If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor and are still on probation: Even though you have not yet completed your probation, it is still possible to have you record expunged. If this is the case, it will be necessary to file a motion to terminate probation. The court will grant such a motion when it serves the “ends of justice.” This means you must have a good reason, i.e. you are unable to find a job or obtain licensure. A skilled criminal defense attorney in Orange County from Wallin and Klarich can work with you to be able to make a compelling argument to the court. If a motion to terminate probation is not granted, it will still be possible to have your record expunged upon completion of the terms of your probation.

If you have been convicted of a felony and have successfully completed probation, but did not serve time in state prison: First, it will be necessary to file a motion to have your felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. Attorneys at Wallin and Klarich have had hundreds of these motions granted, and they can do the same for you. After the felony is reduced to a misdemeanor, you may file a motion to have the record expunged.

If you have been convicted of a felony and have not yet completed probation, but did not serve time in state prison: Even if you haven’t yet finished your probation, it is STILL possible to have your record expunged! However, it will be necessary to have a very good attorney on your side. Attorneys at Wallin and Klarich have successfully expunged criminal records from many such clients, and can do the same for you.

If you have been convicted of a felony and sentenced to state prison: Believe it or not, even if you have spent time in state prison, the law still allows a person to improve what is on their record. Contact an attorney at Wallin and Klarich for more information.

As you can see, there are various technical circumstances that can affect the means of clearing your criminal record in California. If you are looking for a skilled California criminal defense attorney who will aggressively defend your rights and keep you informed, then Wallin & Klarich can help protect your reputation. Call us today at 888-280-6839 for a case evaluation or visit our website at www.wklaw.com.

About Wallin & Klarich

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Wallin & Klarich was established in 1981. Over the past 32 years, our law firm has helped tens of thousands of families in their time of legal need. Regardless of whether our clients faced criminal or DUI charges, the loss of their driving privilege, or wanted to clean up their criminal record, we have been there to help them.