The Law Offices of Debra J. Rice is an experienced expungement law office. With over 20 years of experience as a Riverside Expungement Attorney, we understand the importance of keeping your record clean so that you can protect employment opportunities, keep your current job and avoid public embarrassment. Our office offers expungements, early termination of probation and record sealing at competitively low prices.
An expungement is a process by which a record of criminal conviction is set aside. Generally, the petitioner requests the court to withdraw his or her guilty plea pursuant to California Penal Code §1203.4. Thereafter, a request is made to the court to change said plea to “not guilty” and have the conviction set aside. Ineligible violations are listed in Penal Code §1203.4(b).
Generally, in order to qualify for an expungement, the petitioner must have, among other things, completed probation, paid all fines and restitution, and not currently be charged with another crime. Moreover, if you have been convicted of a felony, in addition to the above requirements, you must file a 17b Motion to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor before you can request an expungement.
If you are on probation, but have completed more then half the term, paid all fines, and obeyed the law, you may be eligible for an early termination of probation pursuant to California Penal Code §1203.3.
In most cases, a motion should be argued in court in order to prevent the rejection of the petition. Therefore, it is highly recommended to have an experienced expungement attorney represent you in court. Generally, the entire process takes 4-6 weeks, but sometimes can be accomplished in as little as 3 weeks.
There are limits to expungements. For example, some states maintain separate registries for people who have been convicted of sex offenses and an expungement may not affect those registries. Also, jobs requiring government security clearance will generally require an extensive background check that will most likely reveal a full criminal history.
Another option is to seal a criminal record. Generally, this is only possible if you are arrested and released without the police filing charges against you or where the prosecution decides to drop some or all of the charges. California Penal Code §851.8 PC provides that a person who has been arrested or detained on or after January 1, 1981, and is determined to be “factually innocent” may petition the law enforcement agency or the court having jurisdiction over the matter to provide for the sealing and destruction of the record of that arrest the charges. Generally, you must be “factually innocent” to be eligible.
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