Expungements Lawyer in California
With the many tasks that can now be performed online and on the Internet, a background check can turn up all kinds of information about you. Unlike in the past when only law enforcement had access to criminal records, today employers, spouses, friends, family, virtually anyone with a computer or access to one can find out about criminal records with the click of a button. However, it is also possible to expunge your criminal record with the assistance of a California criminal defense attorney skilled in the laws that govern such transactions.
Benefits of Pursuing a California Expungment of your Criminal Record
Once a misdemeanor or felony conviction is expunged, others are barred from obtaining personal information about you, and thus open the door for employment opportunities as well as other benefits. According to California Penal Code 1203.4, once a criminal record is expunged, a person is released from "all penalties and disabilities" associated with a conviction. Expungements are not only helpful in the obtaining of employment, but for maintaining California professional licenses or the joining of professional organizations. Able to offer a person with a criminal record a fresh start, Expungements can bring a new beginning to the life of someone and erase that previous mistake.
What Qualifies Someone for the Potential to be Granted an Expungment
To qualify for the consideration of an Expungement if you were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor offense, the following must exist.
- Successful completion of probation or the achievement of an early termination of your probation (payment of all restitution and fines, completion of any community service, counseling programs, etc. as required)
- You are not currently charged with a criminal offense
- You are not currently serving probation for a criminal offense
- You attended all required court appearances (you or your attorney)
- You are not serving time for a criminal offense
- You did not serve time in a California state prison
- Your offense was not sodomy with a child, oral copulation with a child or rape
Other than the above-stated requirements, a California court has broad discretion as to whether or not to grant or deny an Expungement petition. Some of the other factors that a judge might consider include things like:
- Your performance while on probation
- The seriousness of your original conviction
- Your criminal history
- Any additional evidence that demonstrates why you are entitled the granting of an Expungement
- The opportunities you might have to gain employment
- Your responsibility to support your family
- Strong community ties
You Can Rely on R.J. Manuelian for Experienced Representation in Your California Expungement Case
If you believe that you might qualify for the granting of an Expungement in California, you need the representation of a California defense attorney who has successfully obtained Expungement petitions for others in similar situations. R.J. Manuelian has successfully represented clients in the obtaining of a California Expungement. With experience in the complex negotiations that surround an Expungement petition, R.J. is the California criminal defense lawyer you wanting on your side for representation. He'll analyze your case, perform the legal research necessary to knowledgeably represent you, file the appropriate paperwork within the proper time-frames, attend your Expungement hearing and present your case to the court. Contact him today for assistance with your Expungement petition.