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If you h ave been convicted of a crime and are trying to get going in your life again you may have a lot of questions regarding expunging your criminal record. 

If after reading this article you have questions give us a call at 559 441-1418.  Below I will be going over the steps to an expungement and how it can help you to move on  with your life.

 

1. WHAT DOES AN EXPUNGEMENT ACCOMPLISH?

For private employment you can say that you have never been convicted of a crime.  This does not mean that all records of the conviction are destroyed and nobody will ever be able to find the record.  This is a common misconception, and innacurate.  If you went to prison or where convicted of certain other offenses you should seek a certificate of rehabilitation we will have a seperate blog as to the steps for a certificate of rehabilitation.  

For public employment such as with the government you will still have to admit and state you were convicted, however, you can say that the crime has been expunged and under new law that cannot be the only reason to deny employment.  

 

2. CONSIDER OTHER MEANS OF CLEANING UP YOUR RECORD

 

This could mean many different avenues such as reducing felonies to misdemeanors or getting a certificate of rehabiliation.  This of course depends upon the crime you committed and exactly what outcome  you want to have. We always sit down with our clients and go over all the different ways in which they can start to clean up there record. 

3, EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR AN EXPUNGEMENT THERE COULD BE OTHER ALTERNATIVES TO EXPUNGEMENT

Aa discussed above there could be a certificate of rehad there could be a pardon there could be many different alternatives sit down with an Attorney and we can let you know which is the best alternative for you.

4. WE WILL FILE THE MOTION FOR EXPUNGEMENT  

The next step is to actually do the motion for expungement under Calfiornia Penal Code 1203.4 this will mean we will gather all documents look up what we need to look up as to the law and eligibility and then gather the case for your expungement.  This includes preparing the Order of expungement for the Judge to sign this will enable the court to sign the order as soon as the court hearing is over and complete the process. This part of the process of gathering all the information is a critical step to complete the process and insure that if you are elibible that everything can be granted and the process runs smoothly once you are in front of the Court.  

5. WORKING WITH AN EXPERIENCED ATTORNEY

For many people this process can be very confusing and difficutl to understand many times we have poeple come into our office that have had 

extreme  problems getting through this process and understanding exactly what they need to do once we are on the case there can be a lot of reief from the people as to what they need to do.

As somoene that has practices law for more than 17 years all over th state of California and having done many different expungements we have the know how to get you through this process.  Give us a call and make an appointement and we can begin to get you through this process and get  you going with your life.  Our phone number is 559 441-1418, and we can get you jthough this from one of the forms of relief that has not been afforded you by the California legislature.  Again if you have questions give us a call. 

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