Expungement in California is a legal procedure that takes a conviction off of a record by removing the finding of guilt to a dismissal. When the expungement is granted by a judge, your conviction is dismissed and the case is essentially erased. Thus, the conviction will no longer show up on your criminal record. The law is designed to help deserving people get a fresh start.
REQUIREMENTS TO EXPUNGE A MISDEMEANOR
Those seeking to have a misdemeanor offense expunged from their record must meet certain criteria before applying:
- You can apply for an expungement only after the required waiting period has lapsed. The length depends on whether or not you were granted probation for the misdemeanor conviction. If probation was granted, there is no waiting period and you can apply right after you complete probation. If probation was not granted, you have to wait at least a 1 year from the date of conviction.
- At the time of filing the expungement petition, you must not have any pending charges or be serving a sentence for another crime.
- All court ordered fines resulting from conviction must be paid.
- You must have successfully completed your probation term.
- Although most misdemeanor offenses can be expunged, there are a few exceptions including: sex crimes committed against minors including molestation, rape, sodomy and statutory rape.
CLEARING A CRIMINAL RECORD
Once you have successfully completed all of the probation requirements of your criminal conviction you can request to have your criminal record sealed. An experienced attorney can help you smoothly navigate through this process and at a reasonable expense.
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