Expungement

WHY SHOULD I HAVE A CONVICTION REMOVED FROM MY RECORD?

After being convicted of a crime, you may find it difficult to obtain certain jobs or even, in some sex crime cases, to find housing due to restrictions on where you can live. Once you have a mark on your criminal record, any potential employers will be able to see your crime through a background check and decide whether or not they want to hire you given your status as a convicted criminal. In most cases, they will look for someone else. This situation may seem hopeless, but in some cases, a solution may be available in the form of expungement.

HOW TO OBTAIN AN EXPUNGEMENT

In essence, an expungement seals the records of your conviction so that no one - not even employers or government employees - can view them when searching state and federal records. It becomes as though you never committed the crime at all! In addition to criminal convictions, an expungement also can be granted for bench warrants, which result from failure to appear in court. In order to have a record or warrant expunged, however, you must meet certain requirements.

First of all, you must fulfill the conditions of your probation. If you were not granted probation, you cannot obtain an expungement. Likewise, if you violated your probation and were required to serve the remainder of your jail or prison sentence, you are not eligible to have the crime expunged from your record. Once you have successfully completed your probation or have been granted an early release, contact a Ventura County criminal defense attorney to help you take the next steps.

According to California Penal Code § 1203.4, a person who meets the above requirements may petition the court to withdraw their plea of guilt or no contest and replace it with a plea of not guilty. This means that it will become as though that person were never convicted of the crime. It is important to have a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer to help you draft a strong petition, so contact Ridley Defense today if you need to request an expunction.

CONTACT AN EXPUNGEMENT ATTORNEY FROM OUR FIRM

We serve clients in Ventura County, Santa Barbara County, L.A. County, and Southern California. With the counsel of an attorney from our firm, you could successfully petition to have a crime erased from your record, freeing you from any future career restrictions. Find out if you are eligible and obtain the assistance you need by calling our offices or contacting us online.

You deserve to have a fresh start, so contact Ridley Defense today!