The law allows an individual convicted of a crime to get his or her record cleared - not completely - as long as all of the terms of probation were completed successfully.

The clearing of your record is known in the field as an expungement. An expungement, if granted, allows a person who was previously convicted of a crime to legally state, to any private entity, that they were never convicted of a crime. It however does not work for public employment, for licensing and for immigration purposes. Despite these restrictions, an expungement is still something that you should take advantage of.

We have successfully handled many expungements of all kinds and we can handle yours.  Here is what an expungement will do:

Once all of your convictions have been dismissed:

  1. Applying for private employment: Under most circumstances, private employers cannot ask you about any convictions dismissed under Penal Code ยง1203.4. So, when applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was dismissed or expunged. But, it is a good idea to read the Penal Code section 1203.4, the California Code Regs 7287.4(d), and/or talk to an us about all expungement issues.
  2. Applying for government employment or a government license: On questions by Government Employers or Government Licensing Applications if you are asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime, you MUST respond with "YES-CONVICTION DISMISSED." In California, government employers and licensing agencies (except for police agencies and concessionaire licensing boards), will treat you the same as if you had never been convicted of any crime.
  3. You will not be allowed to own or possess a firearm until you would otherwise be able to do so.
  4. Your dismissed conviction(s) can still be used to increase your punishment in future criminal cases.
  5. Your prior conviction(s) can still affect your driving privileges.
  6. If you have been required to register as a sex offender as a result of a conviction, you have to make a different motion to the court in order to be relieved of this requirement. A dismissal will not relieve you of your duty to register as a sex offender.
  7. If your conviction prohibited you from holding public office, you still cannot hold public office after that conviction is dismissed.