An Expungement in Vista Courts is available to help clean up you record. Most misdemeanors and many felonies are able to be dismissed for most purposes after conviction provided you meet the criteria of California Penal Code (PC) 1203.4 and 1203.4a. This is a valuable remedy that should be taken advantage of by anyone if the conviction will in any way hinder their future.
Expungements in California refer to California Penal Code 1203.4 et seq. and can help clean up your record in many ways, including employment. An expungement in California is the withdrawal of a guilty plea and dismissal of the case for most purposes per California Penal Code 1203.4 et al. It is available on infractions, most misdemeanors and many felony convictions where there was no prison commit. The motion to expunge is filed, served on the D.A. and a Court hearing date can usually be set in 4-6 weeks in Vista Courts.
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.
An Expungement per California Penal Code (PC) 1203.4 really does clean up your record. It allows you to withdraw your guilty plea and dismiss your case and the record will indicate case dismissed per PC 1203.4. It also cannot be considered in most instances, if it is expunged, for employment purposes including hiring, promotion or termination per California Labor Code section 432.7. Additionally, you cannot be asked to disclose an expunged offense nor can employer seek information concerning the conviction from any source.
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.