In applications for professional licenses, California requires individuals convicted of crimes to demonstrate rehabilitation before offering a license in many areas of professional life. This includes, for instance, obtaining a job as a lawyer, doctor, nurse, dentist, contractor, banker, or real estate professional. Obtaining an expungement of a criminal record is the first step toward demonstrating rehabilitation and eventually obtaining a professional license in California.
Usually, a criminal conviction may be expunged after successful completion of probation, or when the court terminates probation pursuant to the defendant’s specific request for earlier termination of probation. Individuals who want to expunge their criminal record must show that at the time of making such a request, they are not serving a sentence for any offense, not on probation for any offense, and not charged with committing a new crime.
One of the most important benefits of expungement is that persons who obtain such relief may, in specific situations, truthfully represent to their potential employers that they have never been convicted of a crime. There are circumstances, however, where individuals are not be eligible to expunge their criminal records even upon successful completion of probation. Certain crimes cannot be expunged, such as certain specified sex offenses. Individuals are also not entitled to expungement when they are sentenced to state prison, their case has been previously dismissed, or if bail was forfeited and a plea was never entered. As a result, they will not be able to represent to friends or potential employers that they have no conviction. Therefore, it is very important to contact an experienced criminal law attorney for honest and accurate advice on how to clear your criminal record.
This office handles all types of matters related to expungement, certificate of rehabilitation, governor’s pardon, or sealing arrest records in San Diego County. For a free consultation, contact us at (619) 232-5122 or: [email protected].
For more information on clearing a criminal record, see the following:
Clearing a Criminal Record
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