Dismiss Charges · Clear Felony Record · Seal Juvenile Records · ExpungementIf 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 EXPUNGEMENTTo 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.
"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.) ActIf 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 ConsultationFor a free consultation regarding expungement, contact me online or call me at (916) 442-1200.