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Los Angeles Expungement Lawyer

Record Sealing and Expungements in Los Angeles

Are you having trouble moving forward or securing employment because of a prior Criminal Conviction?

Don't neglect your future. Although time will never stop moving, your criminal record will remain a fixture unless you take the steps necessary to free yourself of the obligation to disclose these facts. For example, revealing your prior "petty theft" conviction to a potential employer can destroy your chance of securing that job.

An expungement is the process of removing or dismissing a conviction from a person’s criminal record. Pleas of guilty or no contest can also be expunged from a criminal record. When an expungement is successful, it will be as if the defendant had pleaded “not guilty” and the court ordered the case to be dismissed. It should be noted that an expungement doesn’t erase a criminal conviction. Rather, all of the records revolving around the defendant’s arrest and conviction will be sealed in a file, and the court will place a notation stating that the conviction has been dismissed. It should also be noted that not all convictions can be expunged. Under California law, felony convictions in which the defendant was sentenced to federal prison are not eligible for expungement. Furthermore, a defendant, regardless of the type of conviction, must have successfully completed and abided by all of the terms of their probation.

If you are interested in expunging your criminal record, it’s important to speak with an experienced Los Angeles expungement attorney who can review your case to determine if you are eligible. Under California Penal Code Section 1203.4, a person will be eligible for an expungement if:

  • They have fulfilled all of the conditions of their probation for the entire period of their probation; or
  • They have been discharged before their probation period ended; or
  • The court determines that they should be granted the relief; and
  • They are not serving a sentence for a new criminal offense
  • They are not on probation for committing a new criminal offense
  • They have not been charged with a new criminal offense
A person will not be eligible for such relief if sentenced to state prison in the case at issue. This is precisely why you need an experienced attorney who is creative and familiar with this area of law. Your future is too important to neglect.

Why Should I Get an Expungement?

An expungement gives people a clean slate to work with, so they can move towards a better and brighter future. One of the main benefits of an expungement is that it conceals a conviction from future employers, which is extremely valuable for people looking for a job. A successful expungement also makes it easier for people looking to buy a house, rent an apartment, apply for a loan, or apply for credit. Time will not cure this problem. You must take the steps necessary to secure the relief afforded under California Law.


Contact a Los Angeles Expungement Attorney

If you are interested in sealing your criminal record through expungement, you should speak with an experienced Los Angeles expungement lawyer at our offices as soon as possible. When you come to the office, we can review your conviction, explain your rights under the law, and answer any questions or concerns you may have. You can feel confidant knowing that when you come to Goldstein Law Offices, your legal matters will be handled by a team of attorneys with decades of experience in criminal law!

To learn how we can help you expunge your criminal record, please call our office to learn how we can help you.


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