Expungement Attorney in Los Angeles

How Expungement Can Help You After Conviction

With the help of expungement, you can get a fresh start after having been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. Although it is not possible in California to completely clear a criminal record, the state lets people effectively “clean” it by allowing you to withdraw a plea or guilty verdict and replace either with a “not guilty” plea. For those who might find it difficult to secure housing or get a job because of a criminal background check, expungement is a way to end these struggles, among many others. 

Unfortunately, the process of seeking expungement can prove to be difficult. With an attorney you can trust, however, navigating it is not impossible. If you have been convicted of a crime in California and want to know if you could get the relief expungement provides, contact the Dixon Justice Center. For more than 30 years, our Los Angeles expungement attorney has worked hard for clients and treated them with compassion, no matter their situation. 

To find out what our lawyer can do for your case, call us at (833) 521-0156 or contact us online. Our lawyer serves Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernadino, and throughout Orange County.

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Important Things to Know About Expungement’s Limits

Expungement is an excellent tool to get your life on track, but there are important things to know about what expungement cannot do:

  • If you have a felony conviction, you cannot possess or own a firearm legally, even if you have had your conviction expunged
  • The terms of a conviction can still affect your ability to legally drive, regardless of expungement
  • If you had to register as a sex offender because of your conviction, expungement will not affect your status on the registry, in certain cases 

Even with these limitations, expunging a conviction from your criminal record is a way to open many doors that a past mistake might have shut. If you believe expungement could benefit you, trust the Dixon Justice Center to guide you through the legal process and work to get you a fresh start through expungement.

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What Charges Can You Expunge?

California law allows people to expunge a variety of felony and misdemeanor convictions. To successfully seek expungement, you typically must have completed your sentence or probation, or both if applicable. 

It is important to note if you have a felony conviction, you cannot immediately seek expungement. Instead, you must first submit a petition to a judge asking that they reduce your charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. If a judge accepts the request, then you can formally file for expungement. 

What Charges Cannot Be Expunged?

Although California’s laws allow many convictions to be expunged, there are multiple specific convictions that are ineligible. These crimes generally include murder and other violent crimes, most sex crimes against adults and minors, and refusing to submit to a police officer’s inspection of a vehicle. 

How to Seek Expungement

Seeking expungement can be an unfortunately complicated process. To ensure that you are taking all the necessary steps to successfully seek expungement, the first thing you should do is contact a trusted attorney. The advice and counsel of an attorney like ours at the Dixon Justice Center can help make the benefits of expungement a reality for you. 

Before you begin the formal filing process, you will need to:

  • Determine if your charges are eligible for expunction and what terms you must fulfill before submitting a petition
  • Request and receive copies of your criminal record
  • Have documentation and information concerning the details of your conviction

To file for expungement, our attorney can help you:

  • Complete and submit the necessary forms. What you need to provide a court depends on your circumstances. If you are seeking to expunge a felony conviction, for instance, you will first need to submit forms to petition to have the charge reduced to a misdemeanor. As another example, if you are serving probation while seeking expungement, you will need to file for your probation to be terminated before moving forward with the process. 
  • Submit the official request for expungement to the appropriate district attorney’s office or probation department. 
  • Adequately prepare for your expungement hearing. At this court appearance, you will need to respond to questions about your petition. Our Los Angeles expungement attorney can help you prepare to respond to what a judge might ask, and we can also help you draft an effective statement that you will read during your hearing. 

In some cases, courts deny petitions. If this happens to you, we can help you determine why the courts did not accept it. Once we have this information, we can then offer direction on how to revise your petition and formally re-submit it after a mandatory six-month waiting period. 

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