If you have a past criminal record but have been leading a productive, law-abiding life since your conviction, you may be eligible for an expungement, which is the process of sealing the record of your prior convictions. When a record is expunged, it does not disappear entirely. However, it is amended so that it indicates you pled not guilty and the charges against you were dismissed.
Many individuals believe that juvenile records are automatically sealed on their 18th birthday, which is incorrect. If you have a juvenile criminal record, you must file a petition in court seeking to have it sealed.
We Represent California Clients In Expungement Cases
The Law Office of Michael J. Aed in Fresno assists clients who want to clear their records. Call our office to discuss your case today at 559-495-9320.
How Do You Determine Eligibility For Expungements
To be eligible for an expungement, you must have complied with all the terms of your probation. With the exception of certain jobs such as law enforcement and those requiring state licenses, an expungement allows you to omit your criminal conviction from employment applications. Expunged records are still accessible under certain circumstances, and can affect future court cases. Unfortunately, certain crimes, including any criminal conviction for which you served time in state prison, cannot be expunged from your record.
In order to be eligible for an expungement, you must meet certain requirements, which are strictly followed by the courts. Some of the requirements are as follows:
- Successful completion of all probation terms, or early release
- Payment in full of all fines and restitution;
- No pending criminal charges, and not on probation for another crime
The court will determine your eligibility for an expungement on a case-by-case basis. An expungement request must be carefully prepared and presented to the court, and should be made by a criminal defense attorney experienced in handling expungements.
A Criminal Record Will Cause Problems For Your Future
A criminal record can hinder your ability to find a job, particularly in these difficult economic times and even if you have the experience and are highly qualified for the job you seek. A criminal conviction, even for a misdemeanor DUI, can derail your job application by making you appear less desirable as an employee than other applicants or even scaring off potential employers completely. An expungement can improve not only your ability to get a job, but your chance to get the loan or place to live you need or desire. If you have paid your debt to society and lived a productive, law abiding life since doing so, you may be eligible for an expungement.
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If you're seeking legal representation to assist you in cleaning your criminal or juvenile record, contact the Law Office of Michael J. Aed today. We can answer criminal law questions and assist you in determining your eligibility, and will advise you in full regarding what an expungement does and does not do and how it can benefit you. Email us or call us to discuss your case at 559-495-9320.