Expungements Overview 2017-11-27T21:25:10+00:00


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Expungement or Sealing of Adult Criminal Records

Orange County Expungement Lawyer

You already have a clear conscience.

It’s time to clear up your criminal record.

The Law Office of Stull & Stull specializes in expunging criminal records.

“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.

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Benefits of Expungement

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.

  • Employment opportunities – you now may claim “no” to “have you ever been convicted?”
  • Ability to Vote
  • Apply for a professional, State License as for instance a Real Estate Agent License
  • The right to possess/ own a firearm Have a clean record
  • Apply for Housing, Jobs & Schools etc.
  • No “trail” for Creditors or Insurance Companies

Do you qualify for expungement?

Let our attorneys evaluate your case. But generally, you may qualify for expungement if your record involves any of these points:

  • Charged with a certain type of conviction called “wobblers” (see “Wobblers” below).
  • The Courts have to approve your case for expungement.
  • Probation terms were successfully completed.
  • It is now 3 years after Probation, Parole or Straight Release.
  • All Fines and Court costs are paid.
  • Community Service has been paid.
  • It is now 1 year after a misdemeanor conviction.
  • It is now 2 years after a Grand Jury statement of “No Bill”
  • Immediately after a no guilty verdict or a dismissal of the case, properly recorded.

“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!

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We are prepared to answer any questions that you may have expunging your criminal record in California. Contact our office for free consultation for a current legal matter. Remember, these are your records and your rights.

Orange County Drug Cultivation Lawyer

If you are charged with growing or cultivating marijuana, it is usually classified as a violation of Health and Safety Code Section 11358. Under this section, every person who plants, cultivates, harvests or processes any marijuana part thereof, except as otherwise provided for by law shall be punished by imprisonment in state prison.

This is a very serious charge and you could end up in state prison if convicted. The critical issue in this case is whether you were cultivating marijuana for personal use or for sale. If you are found to have been cultivating the marijuana for personal use, you have a good chance, if you qualify, to be sentenced to drug diversion under Penal Code 1000. If you are sentenced to drug diversion, you would be required to remain free from trouble for 18 months, and your case would be dismissed.

If on the other hand, you were found to be growing the marijuana for the purpose of sale, we would have to explore entirely different options.

If you have been accused or charged with this offense, the police officers involved likely obtained a search warrant to search the premises and / or seize the evidence. It is therefore imperative that we gain as much information as soon as possible in order to attempt to quash or reverse the search warrant and to possibly expose confidential informants.

The Law Offices of Stull & Stull utilizes their knowledge and experience in approaching your defense aggressively and proactively to achieve the best possible results in your case.

If you are accused or charged with a marijuana growing / cultivation offence, you must contact us immediately, as time is of the essence in these cases. The initial consolation is free.

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