A criminal record of any kind — whether for a felony or a misdemeanor — can wreak havoc on your life. You may find it difficult, if not impossible, to get a job, rent an apartment, apply for a loan, or even obtain higher education. In some cases, you may be able to have your criminal record expunged. Certain requirements must be met, but if your expungement is successful, your criminal record may no longer be available to employers, landlords, and more.
Some felony crimes are eligible for an expungement and some are not. Therefore, if you wish to petition for the dismissal of your criminal records, you must not have:
You also must:
Obtaining an expungement of misdemeanor records is easier, but you must still meet certain requirements, including but not limited to:
There are some crimes that do not qualify for an expungement under any circumstances, including homicide charges, serious drug charges like trafficking, and for some sex crimes, especially sex crimes committed against underage minors.
If you’ve been convicted of a crime and have completed most or all of your sentence, don’t hesitate to reach out to a lawyer to learn more about expungement and if your case meets the required criteria to have your criminal records dismissed.
At the Law Offices of Donald J. Matson, we will evaluate your case and let you know where you stand, and if you are eligible for expungement, we’ll work hard to see that your records are dismissed. Contact us today for a consultation at (626) 600-3437.