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How To Expunge A Criminal Record In California

How To Expunge A Criminal Record In California

Expunge Your Felony Records in California

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California expungement laws give convicted felons a second chance. By expunging your record, you can regain many of the privileges you lost because of a past mistake. Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP reviews your case to determine whether you are eligible for expungement. We then explain the procedure in detail so you know what to expect from the process and the final outcome. Our more than 65 years of combined criminal defense experience and our background as former prosecutors help us provide you with the guidance you need and to achieve the results you want.

Long-term consequences of a felony conviction

Beyond your sentence, a felony conviction can have serious long-term consequences that affect your career, your finances, your relationships and your liberties. For example, because of your felony conviction, you may be:

  • Placed in deportation or removal proceedings in immigration court, if you are not a U.S. citizen
  • Denied a green card or citizenship
  • Forbidden from voting in some elections
  • Barred from certain employment opportunities
  • Disqualified from obtaining government employment or professional licenses

Reduction of your felony wobbler to a misdemeanor

The first step in expunging a felony wobbler is under California Penal Code section 17, which is to petition the court for the reduction of the charge to a misdemeanor. Next, we seek the dismissal of your misdemeanor by way of expungement under Penal Code section 1203.4. Crimes that fall into the P.C. 17 category are referred to as wobblers because they can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. The courts do not allow reduction of certain crimes that are straight felonies, such as possession with intent to sell, perjury, rape, robbery, or residential burglary. For some felony convictions, a Certificate of Rehabilitation or governor’s pardon is the only solution.

California expungement laws.

Although California expungement laws and procedures for felony expungement are complex, the process, in a nutshell, involves these basic steps:

  • We first determine if you are eligible for expungement
  • We obtain a copy of the minute order from court
  • We draft the PC 17 and Pc 1203.4 petition and assist you with your personal declaration about why the court should grant your request for expungement
  • We file the petition, along with your declaration, character references, and other materials as part of a mitigation packet with the court and to all relevant parties
  • We argue your case to the court if a hearing is required in your case

At the conclusion of your successful expungement proceedings, your court record will reflect a reduction of the felony and dismissal of the misdemeanor charge.

Expunge your felony conviction

Call Takakjian & Sitkoff, LLP at 888-579-4844 or contact us online to determine your eligibility for expunging your felony conviction. We offer a no-obligation first-time consultation. You can contact us 24 hours per day, seven days per week for assistance.

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