Expungement in Los Angeles
If your past criminal record is haunting you, an expungement could erase or limit access to your criminal records by potential employers, landlords, and educational institutions. Arro Law can help you clear your criminal record and make a fresh start.
At Arro Law, our criminal expungement attorneys know we all make mistakes and deserve another chance. Fortunately, the expungement process is available in Los Angeles to do just that. Call Arro law today and speak with attorneys who are:
- Experienced in all areas of the expungement process and law;
- Successful in getting clients expungements for numerous offenses; and
- Ready to start your case right away.
Do not wait to get an expungement. In most scenarios, you may even tell others you were never arrested or charged.
Why You Need Our Los Angeles Criminal Defense Lawyers
It is imperative you hire an attorney to handle your expungement and expungement hearing. First and most importantly, you need to know if your case qualifies for expungement. Expungement rules are complex, and not every criminal history is eligible.
There are multiple procedures to expungement, and many people are unable to navigate the process on their own, especially when they have no experience with the legal expungement process. These steps include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Getting copies of all of your criminal records, including any arrests, charges, and dispositions of these charges;
- Determining whether these records qualify for expungement by law;
- Filling out any expungement forms completely and correctly;
- Submitting the forms in the proper county or counties;
- Going to court and presenting your case and evidence if there is a hearing;
- If your request is denied, pursuing an appeal of the decision.
For more information about any of these processes and to maximize your chances of success, call Arro Law. Our expungement attorneys will gladly schedule a consultation with you to answer your questions and advise you of your chances at clearing your criminal history.
What Is an Expungement?
An expungement is a form of post-conviction relief. Expungements are authorized by the California Penal Code and serve to release an individual from all the penalties and disabilities arising out of a criminal conviction.
An expungement allows a defendant to withdraw a plea of guilty or no contest and re-enter a plea of not guilty. Then, they can have their case dismissed.
Who Is Eligible for an Expungement in California?
Expungements are available to defendants convicted of California misdemeanors or felonies. These defendants must:
- Successfully have completed probation for the offense; and
- Either did not serve time in state prison for the offense; or
- Served time in state prison but would have served time in the county jail had the crime been committed after implementing Realignment under Proposition 47.
Who Is Not Eligible for an Expungement in California?
A defendant may not currently be charged with a criminal offense, be on probation, or serving a sentence for a criminal offense to qualify for an expungement. Certain felony acts cannot be expunged, including:
- Sodomy with a Child;
- Oral Copulation with a child; and
- Statutory Rape.
Those defendants not eligible for traditional expungement may seek relief through:
- A Certificate of Rehabilitation;
- Governor’s pardon; or
- A commutation of a California prison sentence.
Benefits of an Expungement
Seeking an expungement may seem like an overwhelming task, but it is a worthwhile endeavor. Some benefits of an expungement include:
- The ability to obtain some professional licenses;
- An employer’s inability to use convictions against a job applicant; and
- The potential to avoid immigration consequences under certain circumstances.
Contact a Los Angeles Expungement Attorney Today
For more information on the benefits of expungements, contact Arro Law. Arro Law is a top-tier Los Angeles law firm specializing in criminal law. We pride ourselves on meeting client’s individual goals and needs through personalized legal strategies.
Call Arro Law now to discuss expungement in your case. We can advise, assist, and advocate on your behalf both inside and outside of the courtroom.