I have decided that since I can not afford to pay for a lawyer, and it has been advised that I do not pay the fine, I must simply trust God and handle it all myself. If a guilty conviction is given, can I have this erased or destroyed from my record?
CA does classify misdemeanors into separate classes. A misdo is a misdo. You're mistaken about something.
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California does not have classes of misdemeanors. Ask this to an attorney in the state where the charges originate.
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Generally speaking, most misdemeanors will be eligible for expungement after probation has been terminated. However, if you violated the terms of probation by failing to pay your fine, it would hurt your chances of successfully obtaining an expungement.
Most states do not permit the expungments of convictions but since you're having God handle it it guess anything is possible.
There is no "class c" misdemeanor in California. And if you have been convicted, there is no way to have the conviction erased or destroyed. It is interesting that you would think that God would get involved.
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Misdemeanors can be expunged if you fulfill the requirements set forth in 1203.4 or 1203.4(a). An expungment however does not erase or destroy anything from your record. If all requirements are met, the court will reopen your case and dismiss the charges pursuant to 1203.4 or 1203.4a.
You can get it dismissed from you record by filing a 1203.4 petition to dismiss. Go to your local court's website and you should find the forms and perhaps some instructions.
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