EXPERIENCED LAWYER ASSISTING CLIENTS WITH RECORD EXPUNGEMENT IN SAN DIEGO
A criminal record can be an obstacle in reaching many of life’s goals, whether it be professional, educational, or personal. An expungement of your criminal record can open doors that would otherwise be closed. If you need to have a criminal conviction expunged from your record, it can often be done with the help of experienced San Diego expungement attorney Elliott Kanter.
WHAT IS EXPUNGEMENT? AN ATTORNEY IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY EXPLAINS
If you are convicted of a crime, a criminal record can make it difficult to move on with your life. In California, criminal records are public, which means that anyone has access. Criminal records are most commonly reviewed as part of a background check by prospective employers, licensing agencies, professional organizations, and in connection with immigration. Unfortunately, even when you have completed your punishment, your criminal record may be held against you.
A California criminal record will automatically go away after a certain number of years. Only a judge can authorize a change to your criminal record. One way is through expungement. An expungement does not erase the offense on your California criminal record, but it will make it so your prior felonious conviction cannot be used against you in many situations.
There are some things that an expungement will not fix. For example, the prior crime can still be used to enhance the penalty if there is a repeat conviction, and there are certain scenarios in which you will have to disclose a prior conviction. It is important that you speak with a experienced California criminal expungement lawyer. A criminal defense attorney will explain the full benefits and limitations of a expunging a criminal record in California.
SAN DIEGO LAWYERS CAN HELP YOU LEARN HOW TO EXPUNGE A CALIFORNIA CRIMINAL RECORD
The California expungement process begins with reviewing the details of your criminal record. Specifically, you must determine what you were convicted of and the exact nature of the penalties imposed. Conviction for certain crimes and serving time in state prison makes you ineligible for felonious record expungement in California. Also, depending on your circumstances, there may be additional steps involved in expunging your record. The process is complex, and there are numerous technicalities. An expungement lawyer can explain the process to you and help determine what steps will be required to expunge your record.
In California, you are entitled to expungement of your criminal record if you have successfully completed probation and are not currently charged with a crime. If you are still on probation, you cannot have your criminal record expunged. However, you may be able to receive an early termination of probation. A lawyer can advocate for you in court and work to convince the judge to expedite your expungement.
The court looks at several factors when determining if you successfully completed probation. First, whether you completed all the terms of probation, including payment of all fines and fees. Second, whether you attended all required court appearances. Finally, the court will consider whether you committed any crimes during probation. If you did not successfully complete probation, the court may still expunge your record, but it is difficult because you need to convince the judge to grant the expungement. It is extremely helpful to have a lawyer advocate for you in the hearing. You will be more successful in having your record expunged if you have an experienced lawyer present your case and fight for your justice. Contact attorney Elliott N. Kanter today.
SEEK REPRESENTATION FROM SAN DIEGO ATTORNEYS TO DISCUSS YOUR EXPUNGEMENT OPTIONS
How do you know if you are eligible to expunge your records? Here are some of the different expungement options that may be available to you:
- You Were Convicted of a Misdemeanor and Are Still on Probation: You may be able to request early release from probation and file a petition to have the conviction dismissed.
- You Were Convicted of a Misdemeanor and Have Successfully Completed Probation: You may be able to file a petition to have the conviction dismissed.
- You Were Convicted of a Misdemeanor or Infraction and Were Never Given Any Probation at All: You may be able to file a petition to have the conviction dismissed.
- You Were Convicted of a Felony and Are Still on Probation: You may be able to request early release from probation and file a petition to have the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor and dismissed.
- You Were Convicted of a Felony and Are Done with Probation and/or Jail Time: You may be able to file a petition to have the conviction reduced and dismissed.
- You Were Convicted of a Felony and Were Never Given Any Probation at All and Were Sentenced to County Jail: You may be able to file a petition to have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor and file a petition to have the conviction dismissed.
- You Were Convicted of a Felony and Were Sentenced to State Prison or Put Under the Authority of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: You may be able to file a petition for a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon.
If you would like to discuss your expungement options in more detail, contact lawyer Elliott N. Kanter as soon as possible. Call today or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation. Remember, the longer a criminal conviction stays on your record, the more harm it can do to your personal and professional life, holding you back from employment and other opportunities, which is why it’s so important to have it taken care of right away if expungement is available to you.
SAN DIEGO LAW FIRMS SAY SOME CONVICTIONS CANNOT BE DISMISSED
Convictions not eligible for dismissal include any misdemeanor within the provisions of Vehicle Code section 42002.1, a failure to stop and submit to inspection of equipment or for an unsafe condition endangering a person, and any violation of Penal Code 286(c).
OUR SAN DIEGO LAW FIRM IS HERE TO HELP YOU OBTAIN AN EXPUNGEMENT
Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience defending clients in felony and misdemeanor cases involving expungements, DUI, drug crimes, domestic violence, sex crimes, theft crimes, and juvenile offenses. If you need to have a conviction expunged or if you need more information regarding expungement, please don’t wait. Contact the office of experienced attorney Elliott Kanter by phone at (619) 330-5881 or email [email protected] for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. You can also fill out the form on this website. Our law firm, which is located at 2445 5th Ave, Suite #350, in San Diego, 92101, will get started right away. During your consultation, a member of our team will provide you legal advice regarding your charges, answer your legal questions, and discuss our services. Our attorneys will fight tirelessly to protect your future.