HOW TO: Get a Misdemeanor Expungement
San Diego Expungement Attorneys Explain How to Get a Misdemeanor Expungement
Getting an expungement is the ultimate goal for anyone with a criminal record. The process of Expunging a Misdemeanor Record involves four (4) steps:
Step One - Determine Eligibility
Step Two - Draft Petition & Supporting Exhibits
Step Three - File & Serve Government Agency
Step Four - Attend Hearing (if required) & Verify
California Penal Code 1203.4 allows for those convicted of most misdemeanors and felonies to have their cases reopened, their findings of guilt withdrawn and their cases dismissed (expunged). Once expunged, the conviction comes off of your record and you can truthfully say that you were never convicted.
California Expungement Requirements:
- Completed Probation
- Paid All Fines and Restitution
- Sentence Did Not Require Serving Prison Time
- Not Be Facing Any Other Charges or Serving Any Other Sentence
What if I am Still on Probation?
You must be off probation to be eligible for an expungement. If you are still on probation, you can expunge record if you motion for Early Termination of Probation. We can help you secure both Early termination of Probation and an Expungement in one hearing. This is the most cost efficient way to get the relief you need.
What if I Was Convicted of a Felony?
That's OK. As long as your conviction did not involve a prison sentence, or a "stay" for a prison sentence, you are eligible to have your felony conviction expunged. A good attorney who knows how to make the right argument to expunge felonies will be key if you want success.
There is more good news. In California, it is possible to have a court Reduce Your Felony to a Misdemeanor even after the fact. If your felony was a "Wobbler," Your road to expungement will be much easier if your felony is reduced to a misdemeanor. Your chances of getting the job you want will be greater as well.
Do I Need an Attorney for This?
That depends on how complicated your situation is. Most of the time, it's an easy decision to hire an attorney because you want someone who has enough experience to get you through the process successfully if things get complicated. It's important to have people who care on your side. Our attorneys and staff take care of every step for you. You almost never have to show up to court.
Because we work fast, and because we are good at what we do, we have the luxury of charging our clients less than what other law firms charge. This is an immediate benefit to you.
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We care for you, and we're on your side to get you the relief you need!