How to Expunge

Important Expungement Tips

1.     If you hire someone, make sure it is a licensed attorney.   Attorneys are licensed by the state to perform legal duties.   Clearing your criminal record is an important investment and it involves your confidential information.

2.     If you are anticipating a background check, make sure to have background check companies notified of the expungement.   Courts do not update background companies.  This means that a background check company may continue to provide information to potential employers until they do their periodic updates.    Some law firms, such as RecordGone.com, offer services that update background check companies. You can read more about updating background check companies here.

3.     If you are hiring an attorney, make sure they have an “A” rating with the Better Business Bureau.  Any company can receive an “A” rating for a short time; the real test is when you can maintain that rating for three or more years. This is the benchmark you should consider when looking for a law firm to represent your expungement.

Clearing your prior criminal record is the great investment you.   If you cannot afford an attorney, you can always consider seeking help from a public defender or a legal aid society.  The wait times may be substantial at the public defender, but a fresh start is worth the wait.


juvenile_criminal_record_clearingCalifornia offers many remedies to Los Angeles residents seeking to expunge or seal their arrest, juvenile or misdemeanor records. For those who were convicted of a felony, and did not serve prison time, you may be eleigible to have your conviction reduced to a misdemeanor and expunged. For those who served time in California state prison, you may apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.

 

Los Angeles Misdemeanor Conviction Expungement

If you were convicted of a misdemeanor in and have successfully completed your sentence, you may be eligible to have your record expunged. If you are on probation, you may be eligible to end your probation early. Once the record is expunged, you can truthfully say that you were not convicted of a crime.

Los Angeles Felony Conviction Expungement

If you were convicted of a felony and did not serve prison time, you may be able to have your conviction reduced to a misdemeanor and the record expunged. Those who served prison time will have to apply for a California Certificate of Rehabilitation. If you are still on probation, you may be eligible to have your probation terminated early. Once your record is expunged, you can honestly say you were not convicted of a crime.

Los Angeles Arrest Record Sealing

If you were arrested in Los Angeles or any part of California, and were not convicted, you can have your record expunged. Arrests are not convictions, but appear on background checks, possibly dettering job prospects. Once your record is sealed, all information is destroyed including your fingerprints, booking photos, and arrest report are sealed and destroyed.

Los Angeles Juvenile Record Sealing

If you were arrested or convicted as a juvenile, your record can still affect you. California offers record sealing, so you can put your past behind you and stop fearing background checks. Once your juvenile record is sealed, governmental agencies are required by law to state they have no juvenile records.

Los Angeles Probation Termination

If you are on probation and have attended all assigned classes and paid all fines, you may be able to end your probation early. The California Courts have wide discretion in approving a probation termination, but your chances are much higher if you’ve served at least half your probation.