In California, expungement is the process used to clear your criminal record by petitioning the court to set aside, vacate and dismiss your conviction. If you have ever been convicted of a crime in Los Angeles, you may use the expungement process to clear your criminal record.
Why should I expunge my Los Angeles criminal record?
There are 2 good reasons why a person convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor should hire a qualified Los Angeles lawyer to expunge their 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.
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 record increases your chances for a professional license. Teachers, Realtors, Brokers, Nurses, and other professionals with a criminal record should consider expunging their criminal record.
How do employers find my Los Angeles criminal record?
Employers utilize private 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. In Los Angeles, 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 Los Angeles?
California Penal Code A?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 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 case to case and from court to court.
Can I have my Los Angeles 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 Los Angeles 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 felony conviction that I obtained in Los Angeles Court?
Even if your conviction cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor felony convictions may be
expunged if you did not serve any prison time and you have completed your probationary
What if I am still on probation, could I terminate my probation early in time?
The courts have broad discretion to revoke, reinstate, modify, and terminate your probation. Usually, in Los Angeles 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 or reform. Since the court has broad discretion in modifying and/or terminating the terms and conditions of probation, our firm has been successful having these types of motions granted by the court.
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