Having a criminal record can cost you a lot. It can impact the kind of career you pursue and even prevent you from having a decent job at all. It can also hurt your chances in future court proceedings, and it can stop you from earning professional licenses and joining professional organizations. Fortunately, not everyone with a criminal record must continue to deal with these consequences for the rest of their life. In some cases, people can have their criminal record expunged.
Am I Eligible to Have My Criminal Record Expunged?
There are certain situations where a person is not eligible for expungement. For instance, if a person served time in state prison, they are not eligible for expungement. In addition, if a person was convicted of any of the following crimes, they are not eligible to have their criminal record expunged:
- Intercourse with a child under 16
- Lewd acts with a child
- Sodomy with a child
- Oral copulation with a child
If none of the above applies to you, you may be eligible to have your criminal record expunged. However, to be eligible to have your criminal record expunged, you must meet the following requirements:
- Completed any parole and probation requirements associated with your convictions
- Have no pending criminal charges, indictments, parole, or probation
- Paid any fines associated with your convictions
Prior to the court considering your case for expungement, they will examine your record to make sure you meet the requirements. In addition, you will need to file the proper paperwork at the appropriate deadlines and participate in an expungement hearing.
Need Help with Expungement? Speak with Our Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Today
For more than 20 years, Attorney Brian C. Andritch has been successfully providing counsel regarding criminal cases. Prior to becoming a defense lawyer, Attorney Andritch was Deputy District Attorney for Fresno County. He understands criminal law from both a prosecutor’s and defense attorney’s perspective, which makes him the perfect choice to guide you through the process of having your criminal record expunged. He will know how to help you avoid legal pitfalls and can provide you with your best options for securing expungement.