When a person is convicted of a crime, a record of that conviction can possibly follow them around for the rest of their life. A criminal record can hold a person back, making it more difficult to get certain jobs, receive loans, and acquire citizenship. These additional challenges compound with the initial punishments criminal convictions carry, such as jail time and fines, making life after a conviction unmanageably difficult for some.
In the state of California, it is possible to have certain criminal convictions expunged, or completely removed from your record. This can only come after you’ve served the entire sentence, including any probation you may have been sentenced to, but can dramatically help a person get their life back on track after a criminal conviction. If you’ve been convicted of a crime, you may be able to have it completely removed from your record. Spolin Law will likely be able to help you with an expungement; we provide 100% free consultations. Call (310) 424-5816 to learn more.
Benefits of Record Expungement
After you are convicted of a crime, a public record of it is created. However, if you are able to get an expungement, this public record of your convictions can essentially be deleted. This means that a previous conviction that has been expunged cannot lawfully be used against you for any reason. Criminal records can preclude individuals from certain licensed jobs, so it is important to seek expungement if your livelihood depends on such a license.
Unfortunately, some background check services do not update their records to include expungements. This can hurt job seekers who have expunged their records, as that information is no longer supposed to legally exist. If an expunged crime appears in a background check, potential employers and landlords are barred from using that information in making their decisions.
Crimes that Cannot Be Expunged
While criminal record expungement can be an incredibly helpful tool for helping those who have been convicted of criminal offenses, there are some crimes that are not eligible for expungement. Convictions that cannot be expunged include bigamy and certain sex crimes, such as rape and child molestation.
Finding a California Expungement Lawyer
If you have been convicted of a crime and have served your time, you owe it to yourself to make an attempt at having any record of it expunged. The benefits of seeking record expungement are worth any effort you would have to make to get it done. You have nothing to lose. In many cases, you do not even need to appear in court to have a record expunged, and the process can be completely over in as little as two months.
Spolin Law’s experience helping people have their records expunged will be helpful for your case. To discuss the possibility of seeking criminal record expungement, speak with Spolin Law by calling (310) 424-5816.