expungement of criminal records means that a prospective employer cannot see or use
your past conviction against you when it comes to hiring. Furthermore,
expungements can help with securing or maintaining professional licenses
and for joining many professional organizations, providing previous offenders
with a “fresh start” without suffering the repercussions of
Qualifications for Expungement
Under California Penal Code 1203.4 PC, a person is eligible for expungement
if you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense, and you:
- Completed either misdemeanor or felony probation successfully
- Are not currently charged with a crime, on probation for a crime, or serving
a sentence for a crime
However, if you were sent to California state prison – either at
the time of judgment or due to a probation violation – you do not
qualify for expungement. In addition, you are ineligible for expungement
if you were convicted of serious
sex offenses against children, including sodomy, lewd acts with child, oral copulation
with child, and statutory rape.
When Can I Apply for Expungement?
If you meet the all eligibility requirements, you may petition the court
to expunge your California criminal record as soon as you complete probation,
or once early termination of probation is granted. In many cases, an experienced
criminal defense attorney can expedite the process by combining a number
of motions into one, such as granting early termination of probation,
reducing a felony to a misdemeanor, and expunging your conviction all at once.
For more information,
contact The Law Offices of Jarrod M. Wilfert and schedule a
free case evaluation with our Ventura criminal defense attorney today.