Expungement in California - Penal Code 1203.4 PC
Expungement under California Penal Code 1203.4 PC is a legal process where a conviction or plea of either guilty or no contest in a criminal case is set aside and the case is dismissed. It relieves the defendant of certain penalties that result from a criminal conviction, such as having to reveal your criminal record on employment applications.
Whether your conviction was a misdemeanor or felony, it is important to attempt to get your record expunged. If you have a felony conviction, it must first be reduced to a misdemeanor before it can be expunged.
Under the California Penal Code, it is one in conjunction with an expungement petition. This applies only to what are called “wobblers,” which is crimes that can be charged as a felony or misdemeanor.
It is possible to petition the court to withdraw the jury verdict, a plea of guilty, or dismiss the criminal charges. An expungement is not an option for those who have been convicted of felony child molestation, some sex crimes, and certain traffic offenses.
Under California Penal Code 1203.3, a judge can grant early termination of probation, but it will only be granted If you can show the court “good cause.” Once probation has ended, you could seek an expungement.
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You may have made a mistake many years ago that you would like to have it removed from your record. You may need an expungement for better employment or housing opportunities.
Having your record sealed is beneficial because potential employers will not be able to see your criminal record. Whatever the circumstances of your specific situation, let's discuss your matter and determine whether you may qualify for expungement.
At Cron, Israels & Stark, our Los Angeles criminal attorneys will guide you through the expungement process to help you clear your record as quickly as possible.
Having a criminal record can hurt your chances for a finding a new job or securing a better life. An expungement will clear your criminal record and give you a second chance. Not everyone will qualify for an expungement, so contact one of our expungement lawyers for an immediate consultation with a lawyer.