Criminal Record Expungement in Sacramento

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Cleaning up your criminal record is not only possible, but can be critical to your future. At the Chastaine Law Office, our attorneys help you to get a new lease on life.

California Expungement Statute

There is no true “expungement” in California, but a Judicial Dismissal pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4 is possible and very
beneficial. For the purpose of this information, we will continue to use the term “expungement”.

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Who Can See My Criminal Record After an Expungement?

Having your case dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4 prevents most employers from asking you about your conviction or using it against you in the hiring process. If your case is dismissed per 1203.4 you will legally be able to say, on most applications, that you have never been convicted of the crime.

An expungement does not, however, result in a complete erasure of the record. What an employer, or residential leasing company, would see on your background check is different from what law enforcement or professional licensing agencies would see.
While in some cases you would not be required to disclose that you had been previously convicted of the crime, law enforcement agencies and other professional licensing entities will likely be able to see and inquire about the conviction. It is important to discuss with an attorney if you should disclose your conviction on an application after you receive an expungement.

What Crimes Are Eligible for an Expungement?

Most crimes are eligible for an expungement, even if there was a violation of your probation. Felonies in which you were granted probation, and all misdemeanors, are eligible for a dismissal per Penal Code 1203.4. Recently, the law has also expanded to cover those who served an otherwise state prison sentence in a county facility pursuant to Penal Code Section 1170(h). If you went to state prison for your crime, then a Certificate of Rehabilitation will need to be filed.

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. Our legal team also knows how to expunge a DUI and help you move on after an arrest for drinking and driving. We have a proven process and want to see every case end with a dismissal.

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