Having a clean criminal record is important to you for several reasons. You may be seeking gainful employment or a prestigious career; or perhaps you are a college student on a career path to becoming a professional.
Unfortunately, having a criminal conviction on your record will be an obstacle to achieving these life goals. For example, some employers conduct a background check to make sure that you have a clean record before they hire you. If you are an aspiring lawyer, a criminal record may put your moral character application into question. A criminal record can also prevent you from obtaining other state licenses, such as a contractor’s license or a real estate license. Having a criminal record can also be embarrassing for your personal life.
An expungement allows you to wipe your record clean. Our Wallin & Klarich criminal expungement attorneys can assist you with an expungement by petitioning the court to permit you to withdraw your guilty plea, or vacate your felony or misdemeanor conviction. If the court grants your petition, your criminal charges will be dismissed. But the court will only grant you this dismissal upon the completion of certain requirements.
How to Qualify for an Expungement of Your Criminal Record
You may qualify for an expungement whether you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor. However, you will not be eligible for an expungement if you served a sentence in state prison.
If you are on probation as a result of your conviction, you must complete your probationary period to qualify for an expungement. You must also:
- Pay all fines and restitution;
- Make all necessary court appearances;
- Not commit any new crimes; and
- Comply with other conditions of probation imposed by the court, which may include participation in community service and counseling.
If you are on probation, your expungement attorney may seek early termination of probation under PC 1203.3 (link). The judge may in that instance grant early termination and dismissal of charges at the same time.
Call Our Expungement Attorneys Today
At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled criminal defense attorneys have been successfully helping our clients obtain post-conviction relief for over 30 years. Don’t let a criminal conviction ruin your life. Speak to our lawyers today to find out if you’re eligible to have your criminal record expunged. We may be able to help you so that you can find employment and continue life without the burden of a criminal conviction on your record. We’ve helped thousands of clients in their time of legal need, and we can help you now.
With offices in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, West Covina, Victorville and Ventura, our experienced expungement attorneys are available to help you no matter where you work or live.
Call our offices today at (888) 280-6839 for a free phone consultation. We will be there when you call.