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Criminal Record Expungements in Costa Mesa

Background checks are becoming more and more common when it comes to applying for a job, loan, professional license, educational opportunities, or housing. Criminal records will appear in every major database tapped by background check companies. Due to this, it is a good idea to hire an attorney to help you expunge the convictions on your record.

A Clean Slate

If a criminal conviction on your record is preventing you from employment, housing, or anything else, you have come to the right place. Our attorneys can help remove that conviction from your record so that it doesn’t show up on standard background checks.

We are able to do this by filing for an expungement with a California state court. An expungement is the process of filing a petition with the court to reopen an old case and dismiss the conviction. This will completely erase the record from all standard background checks so that potential employers, landlords, lenders, or educational administrators can’t see it.

When filing for an expungement, the prosecuting attorney of the original case will be notified. This allows them to prepare any objections against your expungement which they can bring up in court. If the other attorney chooses to do this, there will most likely be a hearing. This is when it is really important to hire an expungement attorney of Costa Mesa.

A professional attorney will be able to assess your situation and develop the best case for your expungement. This will increase your chances of the judge ruling in your favor. Although, there are a few requirements in able to be eligible for an expungement.

Expungement Requirements

To be eligible for an expungement in California, you must meet a few basic requirements. These requirements include you:

  • Being charged and convicted in a California state court
  • Finished all sentencing requirements
  • Completed the period of probation

If you haven’t completed the probation period, don’t worry. We can help you file for an Early Termination of Probation, which shortens your probation period. It is also worth noting that expungements have a higher success rate if you were sentenced to county jail instead of state prison. If the judge does dismiss the expungement due to you being sentenced to state prison, we can help you file for a Certificate of Rehabilitation.

Free Background Checks

When you hire one of our attorneys, you will receive a free, detailed background check. This will show everything that is on your record so that we can assess and understand your options. If you have multiple convictions, our attorneys can group these convictions into one motion to expunge all of them at the same time. This makes the process much faster so that you can get back to a normal life again.

The Process

Unless the court says otherwise, our process is 100% online. This means you can get any eligible conviction expunged without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. Our attorneys will assess your case, prepare an argument for court, and file the motion for expungement with the court. If the judge decides to have a hearing, your personal attorney can go on your behalf. Our clients are rarely required to attend the hearing in person, but if so, we will help you prepare.

Step 1: Preparation

The first step is to hire one of our attorneys who will assess your situation and prepare a strong case for your expungement.

Step 2: Filing

Next, they will file a motion of expungement with a California state court. This requires a lot of paperwork and dealing with the court.

Step 3: Present

After the motion is filed, a judge will be assigned to the case and will determine if you are eligible for if they want to have a hearing. If there is a hearing, we will usually be able to attend the hearing on your behalf. If not, we will help you prepare for it.

Step 4: Expungement

If the judge decides to accept the expungement, the conviction will be cleared from your record. If not, we will help you with different options that might be available for your case.

The Limitations

Expungements come with a few limitations. A suspended driver’s license and firearm rights cannot be restored through an expungement. Although rare, there are other options that you might be eligible for if you are looking to reinstate your driver’s license or firearm rights. Our attorneys will be able to assess your situation and offer you the best solutions.

The Benefits

A successful expungement is well worth the effort of hiring an attorney to help you with your case. Benefits that come with a successfully cleaned record include higher chances of employment, housing, loan approvals, professional licensing, and educational opportunities.

Clear Your Record

Give us a call today to get the convictions on your criminal record removed without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. Our attorneys will assess your situation and deal with the court on your behalf to successfully expunge your convictions. This will prevent potential employers and landlords from seeing the conviction on background checks. Give us a call at (949) 694-5707 or take our free online expungement assessment to determine if you are eligible today.

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Our Clients

Jun 17, 2015

I thought I would have to spend another year on probation but thanks to you guys helping me with the early termination of probation I was able to get off a year early and get my record expunged.  Thank you!

Bethany S., Orange
Aug 15, 2013

You guys have done something great here.  Your expungement of my criminal record has opened up new opportunities in my life.

Jason P., Fullerton
Feb 22, 2012 saved my life!  I was having problems getting employment until the Law Office of Jimmy Cha was able to expunge my record.  I was able to proudly say ‘No’ when asked about any prior convictions during interviews

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