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Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense
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Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense
Christoph Law Offices, DUI & Criminal Defense

HIGHEST RATING IN LEGAL ABILITY
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  • Top Lawyers - San Diego Magazine
  • Former Deputy San Diego City Attorney
  • Former USMC Captain
  • Located Directly Across From Vista Courthouse
  • Over 150 Five Star Reviews on Google and Yelp

Attorneys William R. Christoph & Nicholas W. Christoph

Does an Expungement really help clean up my record?

On Behalf of | Jan 2, 2014

An expungement does help and can definitely make a difference in your future.  The expungement per California Penal Code 1203.4 and 1203.4(a) allows you to withdraw your guilty plea or set aside your conviction, enter a not guilty and have the case dismissed for most purposes.  The new laws taking effect in 2014 add even more strength to its value.  Those laws make it illegal for employers, other than certain governmental exceptions, to ask about, deny employment or inquire as to a prior record if it has been expunged.  You are relieved from most of the disabilities of the conviction.

Most misdemeanors and felonies can be expunged, but there are some that cannot be.  Expungement is not available if you actually went to state prison, but it is available if you received a local time prison commit under Penal Code 1170(h).  Expunged offenses can still be used to enhance future charges and penalties and still can prevent you from owning a firearm or amunition depending on the original conviction.  It is most helpful to reduce eligible felonies to misdemeanors and then expunge the misdemeanor.  In that way, you are no longer an ex felon.  Certificates of rehabilitation are also available afterward for many offenses and these can also eliminate sex registration for certain misdemeanor sex crimes.

Christoph Law Offices locted directly across from the Vista Courthouse have been handling all aspects of record clean up and criminal defense for over 30 years at the same location.  Christoph Law Offices provide the highest level of personal and professional representation, call 760-670-3885 for a free consultation.

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I highly recommend Christoph Law Offices to everyone. Nick is a true professional who will go above and beyond for his clients. Thank you!
– Mahir B.

AMAZING ATTORNEYS!

Amazing attorneys! Bill Christoph was very helpful during my case. He was always quick to get back to me about my questions.
– Collin W.

EXPERT IN HIS FIELD

Great experience overall having William Christoph as my attorney. He understands his client, very insightful and is an expert in his field.
– Soheila N.

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