Expunging a criminal record is a division of the Law Offices of John D. Rogers exclusively dedicated and emphasized to expungements in California. This is includes both felonies and or misdemeanor offenses where in most instances clients do not need to attend court.
A prior arrest or conviction or a criminal charge can be more than an embarrassment but also have adverse effects on your personal and professional life. It can prevent you from obtaining a job, credit, a bank loan, renting an apartment, or being accepted to certain schools and colleges. The social stigma attached to a criminal record can be devastating and sometimes is an isolated instance in your life. The general public and potential employers have access to your arrest and court file. Fortunately, for many people in this situation, a remedy does exist.
Expungement Defined by California Statute
In California, Penal Code section 1203.4 permits a person convicted of a crime and sentenced to probation or not, upon proper motion, permit them to withdraw their guilty or no contest plea, or finding of guilt, and enter a plea of not guilty. Thereupon, the court will set aside the plea and dismiss the case.
This means that if you are petitioning for a dismissal, the court, upon proper motion, may withdraw your guilty or no contest plea, or verdict of guilt if you went to trial, and enter a not guilty plea. Then the court will set aside and dismiss the conviction. From that point forward, you are no longer considered convicted of the offense. Your record will be amended and a notion will be displayed as dismissed pursuant to 1203.4. The granting of the Petition to Dismiss shows that you fully complied with all the Courts orders and the Court determined you were eligible for relief under Penal Code section 1203.4 or 1203.4(a).
Contrary to popular belief, your criminal conviction (e.g., DUI, Assault, Battery, Domestic Violence) does not automatically expunge on its own. Instead, your conviction will remain on your record until your petition is granted under Penal Code section 1203.4. It requires a specific filing of a petition and granting of the expungement/dismissal petition submitted ex-parte. It is important that you take affirmative action as your criminal conviction will appear on your record for decades. Once your petition is granted, you can confidently in many circumstances say “no” regarding any direct question relating to a conviction. Furthermore, once your petition is granted, you are released from all liabilities of your offense, and you will no longer be considered to be convicted of a crime by the state of California.
Am I Eligible for P.C. 1203.4 Relief?
In order to be eligible to expunge your criminal conviction, your conviction cannot have resulted in you serving a state prison sentence. However, if your conviction resulted in probation and/or time in the county jail, you are eligible to expunge your record. Among that requirement, you must also:
- Not be serving a sentence for any offense
- Not be on probation or parole for any offense
- Not be charged with committing a public offense
- Paid all fines, fees, and/or restitution
What are the Benefits of P.C. 1203.4 Relief?
- You may become eligible for student/bank loans
- You may become eligible for numerous professional licenses
- Truthfully answer “No” to any conviction on a private job application
- Private employers cannot hold your previous conviction against you
- You cannot be impeached in court as a witness in a court of law
- Peace of Mind knowing you’ve done everything to put the past behind you
Disqualifying Convictions for an Expungement
A person is ineligible to obtain an expungement if they served their time in state prison, instead they should seek a certificate of rehabilitation and or application for governor’s pardon. Additionally, even if you were not sentenced to state prison, certain convictions list below prohibit someone from ever expunging their record
- P.C. 261.5(d)
- P.C. 286(c)
- P.C. 288
- P.C. 288(a)(c)
- P.C. 288.5
- P.C. 289(j)
- P.C. 261.5(d)
- P.C. 311.1
- P.C. 311.2
- P.C. 311.3
- P.C. 311.11
- V.C. 42002.1
- V.C. 42001(b)
- V.C. 2800
- V.C. 2801
- V.C. 2803
Expunging your Record will not
- Relieve you from registering as a sex offender
- Relieve the conviction to be a “priorable” offense
- Relieve you from disclosing to government agencies
- Relieve you from disclosing if running for public office
- Relieve you from disclosing to the state lottery
- Restore gun ownership rights
Free Los Angeles Expungement Attorney Consultation
It is important that you take legal steps necessary to expunge your criminal record with an attorney who has success in this area. If you are interested in getting your criminal record expunged, contact Los Angeles Criminal Defense Attorney John Rogers at the Law Offices of John D. Rogers for a free consultation. Mr. Rogers is located at 1801 Century Park East, 24th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90067. Call 877-888-9820 for a free consultation. Also ask about motions for early termination of probation, certificate of rehabilitation, and an application for governor’s pardon.
- Early Termination of Probation
- Criminal Record Sealing / Destruction
- Certificate of Habilitation / Application for Governor Pardon