San Diego Expungement Attorney
Helping to Seal Your Criminal Record
Many people commit criminal offenses when they are young. If they grow up to become law-abiding citizens, they should not have those offenses hanging over their heads, affecting their job prospects and chances for a loan or job, among other issues.
Let our San Diego criminal defense lawyer at The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson help you. Call (619) 473-5662 today.
What Is an Expungement?
An expungement can seal your criminal conviction record from public view, making potential employers, banks, and anyone else completely unaware of past convictions.
An expungement in California is an order by a judge that dismisses your criminal conviction. It lawfully allows you to tell an employer when applying for a job that you have no criminal record.
Any person who has a misdemeanor conviction can apply for an expungement. Those who have a felony can get an expungement if probation was granted. It is not available for those who went to state prison.
To qualify for an expungement, you must have:
- Completed probation
- Paid the required fines
In some cases the court can grant early termination of probation to allow you to apply for an expungement.
Reduction of Felony to Misdemeanor (17b Motion)
If a person has a felony conviction, in some cases those felonies can be reduced to a misdemeanor. A reduction would restore a person’s right to own or possess a fire arm.
Expungements & the Law
For all misdemeanor and most felony matters, a San Diego criminal defense attorney can motion the court for an expungement (Penal Code Section 1203.4 et.seq.). In felony cases, it is often best for the attorney to motion the court to reduce the offense to a misdemeanor first, and then request an expungement.
Misdemeanors, minor felonies, and “wobblers” can be expunged immediately after you complete your sentence and probation. Sex offenses and sex offender registration are not eligible for expungement.
Keep in mind, however, that even if you qualify, the courts do not have to grant an expungement. Your case for sealing your criminal records is helped tremendously by having many years without an arrest and proving that you are a stable, law-abiding citizen.
Contact Us Today
The Law Offices of Timothy J. Richardson has the ability to get you an expungement and clear your record. Our San Diego criminal defense attorney can also get you an early termination of probation if you are still on probation. Also, if you have a felony conviction, he can, when legally available, get your felony reduced to a misdemeanor.
Call (619) 473-5662 to schedule a free consultation on a weekday, weekend, or evening.