You deserve a fresh start and it's the perfect time to give it to yourself…
In Ventura County, there are literally hundreds of misdemeanor and felony
convictions every day. Most people, just happy to have closed the criminal
matter which has hung over their heads for months, leave the court hoping
never to return. They allow themselves to be subjected to the scrutiny
of probation far longer than needed, which often times results in additional
penalties that could have been avoided very easily.
The other day I sat across from a young woman who had come into my office
for assistance. As we talked, I learned that this woman lived a relatively
normal life until around eighteen, when she was arrested for a
DUI after driving home from a friend's house after drinking a single beer.
Upon relaying this story, she explained that she had felt like her life
was forever altered by this conviction. She stopped caring about the things
that mattered and made worse decisions over the next few years. This eventually
resulted in an extremely diminished concept of self-worth and a belief
that there was no light at the end of the tunnel and no sense in continuing
forward to get there. She had been unable to gain employment and altered
her life plans for the worse.
This young woman had no idea how easy and relatively quickly she could
have terminated her probation early and expunged that prior conviction,
closing off that portion of her life. Instead, she let it drag her down
and impact her decisions going forward.
The courts have long recognized that we, as human beings, make mistakes.
For the vast majority of criminal offenses, there exists a process for
terminating probation early and/ or expunging a conviction or series of
convictions from our records. In many cases, this is a fast and easy process.
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor offense in Ventura County,
you will often have a three year term of probation. If you can complete
your obligations to the court (jail time, fines and fees, counseling,
etc) within the first 18 months, there is often no reason for the court
to continue your probation and if requested, the court will terminate
your probation early and successfully! At the law offices of Jarrod M.
Wilfert, we can routinely meet clients and within just a few days have
the court terminate them from probation successfully! In many cases, this
means terminating probation in half the time!
This process is similar for felonies however the court will first reduce
the offense to a misdemeanor at the time the request is made for the early
termination of probation. This may take extra appearances but can be accomplished.
If you are already off probation or have had it successfully completed
early, you may petition the court to remove your conviction via
expungement. An expungement, if granted, allows an individual to unwind the clock
and take back those mistakes. Once a matter is expunged, you may truthfully
say that you were not convicted of a crime in most situations including
in those such as employment interviews for private companies.
In Ventura County, the court understands that mistakes are made and that
the law exists to help move people past theses mistakes. With the Ventura
County Probation Department completely overwhelmed, supervising tens of
thousands of individuals who are not at risk of reoffending. Now is the
time, more than ever, to take advantage of the current laws and probation backlog.
Call us today and let us help you move forward in life and put things behind
you. With one simple meeting, we can immediately help you move to terminate
your probation and expunge your record. We all make mistakes, it is time
to fix them. At The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert, we are determined
to make sure you get that fresh start at life.
Call us today at 805-901-9119 and let us help you move forward in life!