Why Clear Your Record
There are a number of benefits to having your misdemeanor expunged. In an application for private employment you can truthfully answer that you have never been convicted of a crime as long as all crimes that you have been convicted of have been expunged. Additionally, expungement prevents your conviction from ever being brought up in a later trial involving civil matters. Also, you may not have to disclose your expunged conviction when applying for public employment outside of California. Finally, you may state that you have never been convicted when seeking federal employment.
There are a number of benefits to having your felony expunged. In an application for private employment you can truthfully answer that you have never been convicted of a crime as long as all crimes that you have been convicted of have been expunged. Additionally, expungement prevents your conviction from ever being brought up in a later trial involving civil matters. Also, you may not have to disclose your expunged conviction when applying for public employment outside of California. Finally, you may state that you have never been convicted when seeking federal employment.
Reduction of Felony to a Misdemeanor
There are a number of benefits to having your felony reduced to a misdemeanor. Once you reduce your felony to a misdemeanor you are no longer considered a felon and you can lawfully state that you have never been convicted of a felony. It can restore your right to carry a firearm and you may now be eligible to obtain most California professional licenses. It will also allow you to become eligible for certain loans and government benefits and you will be eligible for an expungement, which will allow you to legally state that you were never convicted of a crime.
Early Probation Termination/ Probation Modification
There are many benefits to having your probation modified or terminated early. This remedy allows you to terminate your probation in order to obtain employment, request extra time to complete CalTrans community service, modify jail time to home electronic confinement, convert jail time to a drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, reenroll in an alcohol program, or to convert a fine to community service. It will also allow you to convert your jail commitment to CalTrans or an out of custody work program, or downgrade formal probation to informal probation. Additionally, this service can be heard on short-term notice, which will allow you to have your motion heard within a day. Once the motion is heard in court and the terms of the probation are modified or terminated, all changes will become effective immediately.
Arrest Record Sealing
All criminal records are public records. That means anyone can run a basic search through any criminal background check company and obtain a copy of your criminal record. These criminal background checks have become extremely popular among employers, admission offices, insurance companies, banks, etc. These reports generally include your police report, booking photos, and numerate the offenses you were arrested for. What many people do not realize is that your arrest records are never sealed or destroyed even if your arrest did not lead to a conviction. Thus, it is extremely important for a person to take the appropriate steps to have their criminal arrest record sealed to ensure that their arrest information never hurts them personally or professionally in the future.
California law states that after a criminal arrest record has been sealed or destroyed, “the arrestee is thereby exonerated. Thereafter, the arrest shall be deemed never to have occurred, and the person may answer accordingly any question relating to its occurrence.”
By sealing your arrest record you will have the benefit of being able to truthfully say that you have never been arrested for any crime. This is particularly important because many employment and license applications not only ask if you have ever been convicted of a crime but also ask if you have been arrested for a crime. Once your records have been sealed or destroyed there is no longer any record of your arrest and you can lawfully state that you have never been arrested for any crime.
Sealing of Juvenile Record
There are a number of benefits to sealing your juvenile record. One of the most significant benefits is that after your record is sealed, you are specifically entitled to say that you have no juvenile criminal record when asked by any employer or on any licensing application. From that time forward no one will be allowed to discover your California juvenile record. If a person or employer conducts a background check on you, the police, the court, and all other law enforcement agencies must state that they have no juvenile criminal record for you. It will also prevent a judge from considering your juvenile record to increase your sentence or deny you probation if you are ever arrested and charged with another crime. The bottom line is that once your juvenile record is sealed it is as if your juvenile arrest and conviction never occurred.
Certificate of Rehabilitation
There are many benefits to obtaining a California Certificate of Rehabilitation. It prevents any state licensing agency for automatically denying you a license and it will act as an automatic application for a full governor’s pardon. A California Certificate of Rehabilitation will also prevent prior felony convictions from being used to impeach your credibility as a witness as long as your application for a governor’s pardon is also approved. Finally, a California Certificate of Rehabilitation relieves certain sex offenders of their obligation to register as a sex offender under California Penal Code 290.