It's time to clear up your criminal record.
"Expungement" is a term to describe a process of cleaning up your criminal record. You can ask that the court reopen your criminal case, withdraw the plea or guilty verdict, dismiss the charges, and re-close the case without a conviction.
After you pay fines and successfully complete the terms of probation, you are no longer a convicted person however, the case record itself will still exist. Although there is no record of your plea or conviction, still the record will show a case that has been dismissed in the "Interests of Justice."
While not all convictions can be dismissed, expungement could be the next move if you've had a misdemeanor or a felony that could have been charged as a misdemeanor (see "Wobblers"), and was sentenced to county jail time, probation, a fine, or a combination of those three.
Note that some penal codes that allow expungement of criminal records may prohibit certain types of convictions from being dismissed. Most of these exceptions involve serious vehicle code violations or sexual offenses against minors.
Expungement of Records means that your criminal records are closed or sealed from the State or Federal Repository. In California, if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, your record may be cleared or expunged as long as you did not go to state prison and have successfully completed the terms of your probation.
After expungement, a background check will not reveal any “record” on you. Expunged records are moved to a separate location, where authorities and civilians do not ordinarily have access.
Let our attorneys evaluate your case. But generally, you may qualify for expungement if your record involves any of these points:
“Wobblers” – certain felonies are considered “wobblers”. If convicted of one of these, you may be able to reduce your felony down to a misdemeanor and have your record expunged.
If you have any questions in this area of law, please contact the Law Offices of Stull & Stull. Our California criminal lawyers are highly experienced in handling expungements. We can answer any of your questions and help you clean up your record and put your past behind you!