How You Can Clean Up Your Criminal Record


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With an expungement, some of the benefits include telling potential employers that you have not been convicted of a crime; you can be eligible for student loans; you can be eligible for housing assistance; you can be eligible to pursue professional licenses and certificates; and you would be able to tell friends and family that you were not convicted of a crime.


Seal Arrest records

Even if your case is dismissed or charges not filed against you, the fact that you were arrested may still exist and may appear on your record. And, if the arrest is still on your record, it is also possible that people, such as a potential employer, may discover it. If you are successful in sealing your arrest record the finger prints, booking photos, and arrest report can be sealed and destroyed.


Certificate of rehabilitation

There are times where you have suffered a felony conviction in your past and now you are applying for work that requires a professional license or certificate. These job opportunities can be lost all because of a felony conviction in your past. But, depending on the type of felony, the amount of time you have been in California, and your record following your felony conviction, it is possible to obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation. This Certificate is determined by a judge, after hearing from your attorney, and it certifies that you have been rehabilitated. An added benefit of pursuing a Certificate of Rehabilitation is that, if successful, your conviction automatically goes before the Governor for a pardon. Think of the benefits a Certificate of Rehabilitation and possible pardon would have on your future.


Reducing a Felony to a Misdemeanor

A felony conviction carries with it a lot of harsh results, not to mention the likely prison time you had to experience. With a felony conviction, you could have to always disclose that felony when applying for jobs. A misdemeanor, on the other hand, does not always have to be disclosed to a potential employer. If you have a felony conviction, it is possible to have your felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. If your felony conviction is limiting your job opportunities, why not look into reducing the felony to a misdemeanor. If anything, it could help you to do so in the long run.

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