Expunging your Criminal Case in Van Nuys Courthouse (818) 590-8294
This legal guide discusses the benefits of filing a Petition to Expunge a criminal conviction in Los Angeles Superior Court, Van Nuys Courthouse. Van Nuys Courthouse files hundreds of cases a week; many of the criminal convictions may be expunged after completion of probation pursuant to PC1203.4.
How should I clear my criminal record in Van Nuys Court?The expungement process is used to clear a person's criminal record by petitioning the court to set aside, vacate and dismiss his or her conviction. If you have ever been convicted of a crime in Van Nuys, you may use the expungement process to clear your criminal record by petitioning the Van Nuys court to clear your criminal conviction.
Why should I expunge my Van Nuys criminal record?There are 2 good reasons why a person convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor in Van Nuys courthouse should hire a qualified Van Nuys lawyer to expunge his or her criminal conviction: Job Applications - Almost all employment applications inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a crime. By having your record expunged, your criminal record does not reflect a conviction. As such, you can truthfully answer that you are not convicted of a crime. Our firm has successfully set aside numerous criminal convictions in Van Nuys courthouse. Professional Licenses - Almost all applications for professional licenses and certifications inquire as to whether you have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor. Expunging your criminal record increases your chances for a professional license. Teachers, Realtors, Brokers, Nurses, and other professionals with a criminal record from Van Nuys court should consider expunging their criminal record.
How do employers find my Van Nuys criminal records?Employers utilize private search companies to conduct background searches on their potential applicants prior to hire. Majority of these search companies will first conduct a preliminary online search through the local courthouses to inquire whether there are any convictions in the name of the applicant. If the applicant's name appears with a criminal conviction, they will then initiate the next step by sending a "runner" to the courthouse to retrieve the case disposition for the employer. Any person may obtain a persons criminal conviction from the Los Angeles Superior Court website.
How long does it take to get my criminal case expunged in Van Nuys?California Penal Code ?1203.4 requires that the Defendant or his Attorney to provide the prosecuting attorney 15 days notice prior to the court granting relief. Our firm takes control of the entire expungement process by constantly verifying with the probation department, the prosecuting attorney, and the Van Nuys court to ensure that your case is expunged without delay. The entire process approximately takes about 4 to 6 weeks from the day your petition is filed depending on the court and the complexity of your case. However, this still may vary from each Department in Van Nuys Courthouse.
Can I have my Van Nuys felony conviction reduced to a misdemeanor before expunging the conviction?Certain felony convictions may be reduced to misdemeanors if the crime is classified as a "wobbler." A wobbler allows the prosecutor to file the case as a felony or a misdemeanor. If you have been convicted of a felony in Van Nuys that is a wobbler, we will first petition the court to reduce the conviction to a misdemeanor and then expunge the conviction.
Can I expunge my Van Nuys felony conviction?A person who is convicted of a felony in Van Nuys Courthouse may expunge and clear his criminal conviction if he did not serve any prison time and he has completed his probationary terms.
What Are Some Limitations to an Expungement of my Van Nuys Criminal Conviction?Certain limitations apply to an expunged case depending on the conviction. Defendants are to disclose the conviction in response to an application or questionnaire for public office, state or local licensing, or contracting with the California State Lottery. However, an expungement may act as a mitigating factor when applying for a professional license or public office.
What if I am still on probation in Van Nuys, could I terminate my probation early in time?A judge in Van Nuys court has broad discretion to revoke, reinstate, modify, and terminate your probation. Usually, in Van Nuys Superior Court, a judge will entertain a motion for early termination of probation if the defendant has completed half the probationary period, the defendant does not have any subsequent probation violations, the defendant has paid the court fees and fines in full, and the defendant demonstrates good conduct and reform. Since the Van Nuys court has broad discretion in modifying and/or terminating the terms and conditions of probation, our firm has been successful in having these types of motions granted.
What should I do if I have a criminal conviction in Van Nuys?Our firm will prepare the necessary documents to terminate your probation, reduce your felony to a misdemeanor if applicable, and expunge your criminal conviction in Van Nuys Courthouse. Upon successful completion, our firm will provide you with a copy of a court order that indicates that your petition has been granted and that your conviction has been set aside, vacated and dismissed. Fees may vary from case to case depending on the nature of the case and the extent of time and court costs.
Khachatourians Law Group
400 Continental Boulevard, 6th Floor
El Segundo, California 90245
Office: (310) 426-2844
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