Thursday, April 28, 2011
Is It Time to Clean Up That Record?
Maybe the younger version of yourself did not always make the best decisions. Now, years later, you are older, wiser, far more responsible and not as wild, but your record still shows that you have been convicted of a crime...
That fact does not make you a bad person and it should not have to follow you for the rest of your life! If you have successfully completed probation and kept out of trouble, you may be able to have the crime expunged from your record. Even if you are still on probation, you may be able to have your probation terminated early and have your record expunged.
What Does it Mean to Have Your Record Expunged?
An expungement in California state court generally refers to the process of withdrawing a guilty plea or verdict and then having the case dismissed. This criminal record clearing removes the crime from your record and permits you to deny having been convicted of a crime in most all circumstances.
Expungement cases can be complex so it is important to contact a lawyer who knows how to navigate the paperwork and procedure; from filing the initial motion to representing your cause at a hearing with the court where you were convicted of the crime.
Many people don't even know that they have the option of having their records cleaned up. There are clearly some advantages to doing so. Perhaps most importantly, you get to answer "no" on job applications, and anywhere else the issue may arise, to questions about whether you have been convicted of a crime.
For more information on cleaning up your record, contact David J. Givot online or call (310) 699-0070.