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Attorney Scott Dicus, founder of QikLaw, is an experienced California expungement lawyer with a Five-Star Client Rating on TrustPilot and Yelp. Mr. Dicus has expunged over 1,000 criminal records throughout California. If you were convicted of a felony, misdemeanor, DUI or infraction in California and would like to move on with your life, it is important that you expunge your California record. Obtaining an expungement in California can be tricky, though the pay off in the end is great. An experienced California Expungement Attorney should have no problem handling your case, even if you no longer reside in California.
Once granted, an expungement essentially changes the disposition of the case to reflect a dismissal under Penal Code 1203.4. Meaning quite literally that the court file, the California Department of Justice, and the FBI update their files to reflect that a plea of not guilty has been entered and that the case has been ordered dismissed and set aside by the court.
California Penal Code Section 1203.4 provides in part:
“Petitioner shall be permitted by the court to withdraw his or her plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty; or, if he or she has been convicted after a plea of not guilty, the court shall set aside the verdict of guilty; and, in either case, the court shall thereupon dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant and except as noted below, he or she shall thereafter be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense of which he or she has been convicted.”
California expungement pricing is as follows:
*Prices do not include court filing fees. Fees vary from county to county and range from $0 – $150. For more information on filing fees for this service, please visit our Filing Fees page. Additionally, If you violated any of the terms of your probation there is an additional charge of $200.
There are a number of benefits to having your Califronia criminal record expunged. Most importantly, 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). Under current California law, private background check companies cannot report dismissed convictions, so once a case has been expunged, it should no longer show up on private background checks.
There are many other benefits of having your California criminal record expunged. This includes: assisting you in obtaining a state license, facilitating travel to Canada and other countries, helping you qualify for certain loans, and increasing the likelihood that you pass residential rental background checks. Perhaps most imporantly, an expungement will close the door on the past and help you move forward with your life.
After your California record is expunged, you will be eligible for our Criminal Record Database Update service and we can update your criminal record with over 600 different private background check companies. This will greatly increase the likelihood of passing future private employment background checks.
* Note that because each case is unique and there are some procedural differences for each county in California your case may not follow our process outline exactly.
There are two reasons.
First, our firm does not include filing fees in our prices because many counties do not charge filing fees (other law firms don’t tell you this), and filing fees vary from county to county. It does not make sense to charge someone in Alameda or Riverside County (no filing fees) the same price as someone in Santa Clara County (filing fees are $150). Most of our competitors charge a flat rate, regardless of whether or not there are filing fees, and we do not believe this is fair to our clients.
Second, we do not include filing fees because many of our clients elect to file a request to have filing fees waived. If you are currently unemployed, or only working part-time, the court may determine that you do not need to pay any filing fees at all. This saves you money, and it is our goal to make the expungement process as painless and affordable as possible.
If you have questions about your particular case, do not hesitate to reach out to us directly. Attorney Scott Dicus will provide you with a free, no obligation consultation about your case.
If you would like assistance in determining which California expungement service is right for you, please use our California Expungement Eligibilty Test. If you already know what you are looking for, QikLaw offers the following California expungement services:
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