Expungement Attorney in Fresno
Get Help Sealing Your Criminal Record
Being convicted of a crime has long-reaching consequences, even well beyond the fines and probation which can accompany a conviction. Even if you are now a law-abiding citizen, a past indiscretion can have an extraordinary impact on future employment, housing, and financial opportunities. This is why it is so important to find out if you are eligible to have your record expunged. Our Fresno criminal defense lawyer has the knowledge and experience necessary to help you move forward.
Attorney Andritch has more than 18 years of legal experience and is committed to helping each of his clients fight for the best possible outcome to their case. Our firm will listen to your side of the story and craft a case that is customized to fit your circumstances.
If you are ready to take your life back and be allowed to move forward following a criminal conviction, contact us today and ask how you can get started.
What Would an Expungement Do for Me?
If you are granted an expungement for a criminal conviction, that conviction is then sealed from public view. This enables you to lawfully respond “no” to the question “Have you ever been convicted of a crime” on various applications, such as potential jobs and banks, which can open up many doors which had been previously closed to you.
To be eligible for having your criminal record expunged, you must have:
- Paid any fines associated with your conviction.
- Completed probation.
- No pending parole, probation, indictments, or criminal charges.
Am I Eligible for Expungement?
Those with misdemeanor offenses are free to apply for an expungement of their record, and those with a felony charge may do so if probation was granted.
Additionally, someone with a felony on their record may attempt to reduce their charge to a misdemeanor. Successfully reducing a felony to a misdemeanor can restore certain rights which are lost following a felony conviction, such as owning a firearm, participating in elections, serving on a jury, and more.
You are eligible to apply for an expungement of your criminal record in California if you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense, and meet the following two requirements:
- You have successfully completed probation
- You are not currently charged with a criminal offense, on probation for a criminal offense, or serving time for a criminal offense
Successfully completing your probation means you finished all the terms of your probation (fines, programs, community service, etc.), attended all the required court appearances, and have not committed any new crimes while on probation.
Before the court can grant you an expungement, your case will be analyzed to determine if you are, in fact, eligible for this type of relief. You must also file the appropriate paperwork within the proper timeframes and attend the expungement hearing, which an attorney can help you with.
Who Is Not Eligible for Expungement?
Not everyone is eligible for expungement. If you were convicted of a crime and were sent to state prison, you are not eligible. Beyond that, there are certain offenses that cannot be expunged, such as sodomy with a child, lewd acts with a child, oral copulation with a child, and intercourse with a child younger than sixteen.
Experienced Representation from a Former Prosecutor!
At The Law Office of Brian C. Andritch, we understand well how difficult it can be to lead a normal life with a criminal record looming over you. Our Fresno criminal defense attorney works tirelessly to help you get your record sealed so that you can continue living a full, productive life. With experience as a former prosecutor, our attorney knows how to best defend your rights.
Call today at (559) 484-2112 to find out if you are eligible and where to begin.