It can be difficult to get a job with a conviction on your record. Many employers must carry insurance on their employees, and insurance companies often refuse to insure employees with convictions.
What Types Of Expungement Exist?
There are three types of expungement:
(1) The first, governed by Penal Code 1203.4, will expunge cases in which probation was part of the sentence;
(2) The second, under Penal Code 1203.4(a), will expunge cases in which there was no probation.
(3) The third, under Penal Code 17, will reduce a felony conviction to a misdemeanor - this misdemeanor can then be dismissed.
What If You Received A State Prison Sentence?
If you received state prison as your sentence, you will need to file paperwork for a Certificate of Rehabilitation, rather than a Petition and Order for Dismissal.