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Expungement Now Has More Power in California

An expungement of a criminal offense in California results in a dismissal which can greatly increase your employability especially because of a new law taking effect January 1, 2014.  This law makes it a crime for an employer to ask about a criminal record if it has been expunged.  If you have been convicted of a crime and received probation, you must complete probation to be eligible for an expungement or request early termination of probation.   If there was no probation, you must wait a year after conviction to be eligible.  With felonies, you may also be able to reduce those to misdemeanors at the same time, then you will no longer be a convicted felony and have the charge dismissed.

If you have no probation violations, then the Court must grant an expungeent in many cases, but there are some charges where the Court has discretion.  Many felonies and most misdemeanors are able to be expunged.  This proces sallows the guilty plea to be withdrawn, a not guilty plea entered and the case dismissed for most purposes.  It still can be used to enhance a future offense, and may be considered for governmental licensing.  Employers are forbidden now to use it against you for employment and you do not have to list the conviction for private employment.

The expungement, motion for early probation termination or reduction of a felony to a misdemeanor takes generally 4 to 8 weeks from the filing of the papers to the hearing.  The District Attorney is served the motion and files a response.  Christoph Law Offices have been successfully handling expungements, reductions and early terminations for over 30 years across from Vista Courts.  Call 760-941-5720 for a free consultation.