An expungement can save jobs and allow your criminal case from being used in California to deny employment, terminate employment or deny promotion. You cannot be asked about an expunged offense nor cannot it be sought after or used in anyway for employment. There.are some exceptions like law enforcement employment. See California Labor Code 432.7 for a full explanation. The California expungement sections are Penal Code (PC) 1203.4 and 1203.4a and allow you to withdraw your guilty plea, enter a “not guilty” and dismiss the case for most purposes if you successfully completed probation on most felonies and misdemeanors. You are not eligible if you had a prison commit on the case, but you may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
You must not be on probation, parole or have any case pending at the time you request expungement. You can ask for early termination of probation at the same time as the expungement. Additionally, it is worthwhile to request reduction to a misemeanor on a felony case if it is an eligible felony that can be reduced. If you did not receive probation like on an infraction, you must wait one year after conviction.
Expungement is a valuable tool to clean up your record and enhance your employability. It always a positive thing to do for other areas of your life as well where yuour record may be an issue. Call Christoph Law Offices for a free consultation at 760-941-5720 if you would like a free consultation and explanation of the process. For over 32 years we have been providing the highest level of personal and professional criminal and DUI defense.