If because of a previous incident you accepted a plea agreement or were convicted of a crime, there is a process to clear your criminal record and get a fresh start. This process - called expungement of a criminal record - can be used in many situations. Call me at 916-442-1200 to discuss the details of your case. As a Sacramento criminal defense attorney with 25 years experience, I can evaluate the specific elements of your case and advise you on whether it meets the requirements for expungement.
Though a quality criminal lawyer will always work to have charges dropped, there are some situations when the charges stick and the circumstances of the incident result in a plea deal or a conviction. In those instances, the expungement process is an important tool in helping you clear your record and get a fresh start in life.
This is especially true when you are seeking employment. At the end of the successful expungement process, your record will no longer show a conviction but will instead show that the case was dismissed. This means that when you are applying for jobs, you can honestly state that you do not have a criminal conviction.How to Get an Expungement
To have your criminal record expunged, it is necessary to file a petition in court requesting that your case be reopened with the goal of having the guilty plea set aside. California law has specific conditions that have to be met to get an expungement, including:
- You have to demonstrate successful completion of all the conditions of probation and payment of any and all fees, fines, and restitution.
- You must demonstrate that you are not facing current charges in a different criminal matter.
- You cannot have had to serve time in state prison for the conviction that you want to have expunged.
Once we determine that you do in fact meet all these requirements, then I will gather the evidence and prepare the documents that we will submit to the court seeking to have your record expunged. My extensive experience as a defense attorney practicing throughout the Sacramento region - including Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and El Dorado counties - gives me the knowledge and expertise to successfully advocate for expungement for my clients and convince the judge that clearing your criminal record serves the interest of justice.
While expungement can be extremely beneficial for many people, there are some limitations that should be kept in mind. Getting an expungement does not mean that the guilty plea, arrest, or conviction are erased from government records. And California Penal Code 1203.4 - the law that pertains to expungement - states that you must disclose that you have a conviction on your record if you want to apply for any state license, contract with the California State Lottery Commission, and run for any public office. In addition, if you apply for a job that requires a Department of Justice background check, that report will show the prior conviction and that it was expunged. Even with these limitations, though, the expungement process is a useful option in most circumstances. Call me to discuss the details of your case.Fighting to Clear Your Criminal Record I take pride in providing my clients with quality legal representation that looks after their long-term interests. Here is what a previous client had to say about the successful expungement motion I filed on his behalf:
"I came to Nancy for help with getting a DUI and two other misdemeanors expunged. I had been trying to advance my career with no success because of my criminal background. Frustrated and feeling like a criminal with nowhere to go, I contacted Nancy to take on my case. She was fantastic! Not only was she personable, compassionate, and non-judgmental, she fought hard for my case. I would highly recommend Nancy to anyone in need of legal representation." - D. Z., SacramentoThe Consumer Arrest Record Equity (C.A.R.E.) Act
If you were arrested for a crime but were not convicted, California law now lets you submit a petition to the court to have your arrest record sealed. This process is different and separate from the expungement process. Click here for detailed information on the C.A.R.E. Act.Free and Confidential Initial Consultation
For a free consultation regarding expungement, contact me online or call me at 916-442-1200.