Criminal Record Expungement and Certificate of Rehabilitation
Cleaning up your record is not only possible, it can be critical to your future. Our expungement attorney helps you get a new lease on life. There is no true expungement in California, but a judicial dismissal pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4 is possible and very beneficial.
Having your case dismissed pursuant to PC 1203.4 prevents most potential employers from asking about it or using it against you in the hiring process. It also prevents employers from asking about an arrest related to an expunged case or using that arrest as a factor in the hiring process. If your case is dismissed per 1203.4 you will legally be able to say, on most job applications, that you have never been convicted of a crime.
An expungement does not, however, result in a complete erasure of the record. What an employer will see on a background check is different than what law enforcement or professional licensing agencies will see. While most employers will not see a dismissed case, law enforcement or licensing agencies likely will.
Most crimes are eligible for expungement. Felonies in which probation was granted and all misdemeanors are eligible for expungement per PC 1203.4. If you went to state prison for your crime, then a Certificate of Rehabilitation will need to be filed. Proposition 47 is also an option to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor.
Speak to Our Expungement Attorney
The attorneys at The Chastaine Law Office are well versed in expungement law and have successfully cleaned up the record of hundreds of clients. We have a proven process and want to see every case end with a dismissal. Contact our expungement attorney today at (916) 932-7150.
Don’t let your past dictate your future.