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California Expungement Law

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Just because you have a conviction on your record does not mean that it has to stay there. The California Penal Code has a section that allows certain convictions to be removed from a person's record as long as certain criteria are met. This process is known as "expungement."

Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law has handled more than 5,000 successful criminal cases during his 39 years as a Santa Ana criminal defense lawyer. He knows the California Penal Code inside and out, including the laws, requirements and procedures of expungement. If you have a black mark on your record that you would like to have erased forever, speak with Attorney Tears right away to find out if you could have it expunged.

Call the firm today at (800) 721-7710 for a FREE case evaluation.

Why hire Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law?

  • 39 years of criminal defense experience
  • Over 5,000 successful cases handled
  • Available to clients 24/7
  • Builds relationships with clients
  • FREE initial case evaluation!

Understanding Expungement in California

Who is eligible for expungement?

California's expungement law can be found in California Penal Code § 1203.4. In order for a person to be eligible to have a conviction removed from their record, he or she must meet the following criteria:

  • No longer on probation
  • Has met all the terms and conditions of their previous probation
  • Not currently facing charges for, or serving a sentence for, a subsequent criminal offense

What is involved in the expungement process?

Before you file for an expungement, it is important that you speak with a Santa Ana criminal attorney to help you make sure that a) you are eligible and b) you have completed all the necessary paperwork and legal steps. Forms include CR-180, Petition for Dismissal and CR-181, Order for Dismissal.

Once the paperwork is completed and your petition is filed, you will receive a court date. You must appear in court, where your case will be reviewed and a judge will decided whether or not you are eligible to have your record expunged. If he or she approves, he or she will sign the Order and your conviction will be removed from your record.

Benefits of Expungement

Once your criminal record is expunged, the conviction will no longer show up in background checks. Instead of a guilty conviction, your record will show that you plead "not-guilty." This has a number of benefits, including:

  • Better employment opportunities
  • Better education opportunities
  • Better housing opportunities
  • Better eligibility for financial loans
  • A stronger reputation with family, friends and peers

Speak with a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Santa Ana, CA

The sooner you discuss your options with Thomas Tears, Attorney at Law, the better. The firm can help you understand the law and your rights. Your attorney will help you determine your eligibility, assist you with completing and filing the paperwork, and represent you at your hearing. Take the first step toward a clean record and solid reputation!

Contact the firm today to set up your confidential consultation.

Our Victories

A Proven History of Results
  • No Jail. Felony Domestic Violence Serious Injury
  • Case Dismissed. $14,000 NSF Check on a Vehicle Sale Where Client Obtained Vehicle
  • Client received credit for time served. Three Strikes "Gang" Case, Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Client received credit for time served. 3rd & 4th Probation Violation
  • No jail, no sex offender registration. Forcible Rape Sodomy, Felony Domestic Violence, Felony False Imprisonment, Assault with Intent to Commit Mayhem
  • Case Dismissed. Domestic Violence Case
  • Not Guilty. Disobeying Domestic Violence
  • Probation violation dismissed. Bench Warrant Issued on Drug Charges
  • Case dismissed. Major Fraud Case Embezzlement of Company Funds
  • Reduced to misdemeanor and $140.00 fine. Grand Theft Auto

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