Every person who commits a crime or a felony and is found guilty of it will face not only a penalty such as jail time or a fine, but also a criminal record on a public database of every single one of his or her convictions. Something that will leave a permanent scar and making life a bit more difficult regarding several factors including finding a job, bank loans, among others. However many crimes, depending on the circumstances of the case can be eligible for an expungement.
What is an Expungement?
Expungement means the removal of any criminal record and conviction history from the public database. The legal battle does not necessarily end post-conviction. Post-conviction relief can be obtained in many cases via expungement, withdrawal of guilty plea, motion to vacate, reduction to misdemeanor, or an executive pardon. In other words, if expungement is granted, this kind of records or history won't show up anymore if someone looks for it, like a job recruiter or a bank representative.
What kind of crimes can be expunged?
The expungement of post-conviction after trial can be obtained depending on the nature of the crime, which usually are cases that show proof of innocence. The following are some of the most common ones:
- Felonies and first degree misdemeanors in which the offender is under 18 years old
- Sexual battery
- Sexual assault
- Child pornography
- Serious weapons charges
- False pretenses
- Lewd acts
- Drug Possession
How to expunge a criminal record and conviction history in California?
Soliciting an expungement represents a complex and a long legal process that can be best obtained with the aid of a criminal defense attorney to get the best deal possible. With more than 40 years of experience as a criminal defense law firm, the Law Office of Raoul Severo in the state of California is at your disposal for an assessment of your case.
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