Removing a Conviction from Your Record
When you have been convicted of a crime, it is possible to have the record expunged, meaning the conviction erased from the record. There are specific circumstances that must be met for this to occur. The fact that this is possible can mean a huge difference in your life. With a criminal conviction on your record, whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony, there are ongoing serious repercussions to deal with. For example, such a record can prevent you from getting a good job, establishing credit, being able to rent a property, vote, run for political office, or even obtain certain licenses, such as required to practice law, medicine, and other professional occupations. Our Sacramento criminal defense lawyer can investigate your case and determine if you are eligible.
There is more than one kind of expungement. Factors that impact the type of expungement include whether the person was an adult or juvenile when convicted, whether the person was sentenced to jail, prison, or probation, and whether the crime was a felony or a misdemeanor. In general, you can be eligible for expungement if you were not sentenced to state prison and you fulfilled your probation requirements. However, there are certain offenses that disqualify the person from expungement, such as some traffic violations and sex crimes. Every case should be fully analyzed to determine the process by which an expungement could be achieved.
Once your conviction has been expunged, it does not disappear from your record. Essentially the process is that your case is reopened, and then a judge, if he has determined your case qualifies, dismisses the case, and then closes it again, this time with no conviction. The public record will no longer show the conviction, although it can still be accessible to law enforcement. Once the expungement is completed, your prior conviction will no longer be found by a prospective employer or other party. In fact, at that point, you can legally answer, “No” to the question, “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”
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This factor alone is a great benefit for you in being considered as a good candidate for employment. Additionally, some occupations require the employer to insure their employees, and an insurance company usually won’t insure anyone convicted of a crime. However, if you are filling out any type of government-issued form, you must answer “Yes” to any question about convictions, but you can also say “expungement granted.” An expungement cannot be reversed, but if you are newly arrested or charged with a new crime, the prosecutor can use your past expunged conviction against you. Contact a Sacramento expungement attorney today for skilled representation!