How do I Fix my Criminal Record when I was Convicted of a DUI or Other Crime in Ventura County?
A criminal conviction can pose significant obstacles for individuals. While completely erasing a criminal conviction is nearly impossible you can take steps to fix your criminal record and minimize it.
I was convicted of a DUI or Other Crime in Ventura County. What can I do now?If you have recently been convicted of a DUI or other crime in Ventura County and are now on p able torobation, the best thing you can do to minimize your record in the future is to successfully comply with all of your terms of probation. If you avoid any violations of probation, you may be get your probation terminated early. Also the court will consider your performance on probation when deciding whether to grant you any post-conviction relief like a statutory dismissal or reduction of your case to a misdemeanor or infraction. Follow your terms of probation and your probation officer's instructions. If you get into a disagreement or personality conflict with your probation, its best to just follow their directions initially and work on getting a new probation officer or getting an early termination of probation rather than fighting with your PO. They are in charge and can make your life difficult if they want to.
How do I get my record expunged?When I think of an "expungement" of a criminal record, I think of the record disappearing or being destroyed. That doesn't happen in California except in rare circumstances involving minor marijuana-related offenses, deferred entry of judgment, or a juvenile adjudication. What many people call an "expungement" in California is a motion for a dismissal that is provided for by statute (Penal Code section 1203.4, et seq.) which is why the better term is statutory dismissal. If your dismissal motion is granted, you can truthfully report to a prospective employer on a job application or interview that you have not been convicted of the offense. Its important to note that a dismissal under section 1203.4 does not restore your right to possess firearms if you were stripped of that right as a result of the conviction.
What is the process to obtain a statutory dismissal?In order to obtain a dismissal of your case, you need to be done with probation (if you served probation), and you cannot have any pending criminal charges. Generally you need to either successfully complete probation which means no significant probation violations, or you will be required to explain why you should receive a dismissal even through you did not successfully complete probation. With some criminal convictions, like DUI convictions, you are required to justify the dismissal request even if you successfully completed probation. You do this by explaining to the court why the dismissal would be helpful and what you have done to deserve it. You can file the petition your self or obtain the assistance of a lawyer if you need help with the process.