November 20, 2009 By Wallin & Klarich

Many people are wrongfully arrested by law enforcement. Often the police officer makes an “honest mistake” or the police officer may arrest a person wrongfully due to a faulty identification by a witness. In other cases, the police officer may arrest someone without probable cause in an attempt to harass or obtain information from a person. Whatever the reason for the arrest, after the charges are dismissed the person may face serious negative consequences due to his wrongful arrest.

In some cases a person may not even realize that he was not accepted to a college or university or program due to this arrest. In other cases, a person may be turned down for an employment opportunity if the prospective employer finds out about the wrongful arrest. Fortunately California law allows for what is referred to as a Petition for Factual Innocence. If the courts grant a petition, all records of the arrest must be sealed and destroyed. This means that nobody can legally find information about the wrongful arrest.

Most people do not realize that you normally are given only one chance to successfully litigate a petition for factual innocence. Most petitions are not granted. It is for that reason that you should retain a highly skilled California expungement attorney to represent you.

If you or a loved one need to have your record sealed, it is imperative that you hire an aggressive, experienced criminal defense firm. Hiring an experienced criminal defense law firm can greatly increase your chances of having your petition granted. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been helping people for over 30 years.

Please feel free to contact Wallin & Klarich to discuss your case. You can reach us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-280-6839 or go to our website at for more information.

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