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Can a Felony be Expunged? Felony Expungement in California Service is Just the Thing You Need!

Being convicted of a felony has major repercussions on one’s life. The conviction itself is bad enough, but the long term effects are even worse. Your criminal record will follow you around for the rest of your life like a faithful dog, but one that continually bites you. If you want to avoid being discriminated against as a felon, our felony expungement service is just the thing you need.

Background Checks

There was a time when being a felon was not a good thing, but one’s criminal record didn’t haunt you. This has changed over the last five years as background checks have become popular, inexpensive and easy to obtain. A recent study found that fully 8 out of every 10 companies now run background checks on potential employees as a part of their standard due diligence inquiry into the candidates. Who do you think is going to get the job – the person with no criminal record or the one with the felony? The answer should be obvious. It isn’t the person with the criminal record.

Expungement

It is often said everyone gets a second chance in America. This is actually an accurate statement when it comes to clearing a felony from your record. As a criminal law defense firm, we’ve been able to use section 1203.4 of the California criminal code to get felonies expunged from the record of our clients. This section actually sets forth how a felon can get a second chance in California, which is rather remarkable when you think about it.

The first thing to understand about this procedure is your record is not being sealed. This is not a legal loophole. When we file a motion for expungement, the court will actually reopen your original case. If it finds that the requirements called for in section 1203.4 are met, then the court will dismiss the original action and the conviction will be thrown out. This is incredibly important because you will be able to check the “no” box for the question of whether you have been convicted of a crime on employment applications and other documents such as mortgage applications. We are really talking about starting your life over with a clean sheet.

Process

So, how does the expungement process work? As mentioned above, we will file an application with the court to have your felony set aside. The court will reopen the original file and the district attorney’s office will be notified as well. We will then prepare evidence and, potentially, witnesses to establish the following findings required by the law.

  1. When previously convicted, you did not spend time in state prison. Keep in mind that a county jail is not considered a state prison for the purpose of an expungement.
  2. You paid all fines and restitution ordered by the court in the original case.
  3. All probationary matters were complied with including, but not limited to, taking ordered classes, doing community service and whatever else the underlying court ordered.
  4. You never violated the terms of your probation, if any.
  5. You are not currently charged with any other criminal matter.

 

You should keep in mind that the district attorney’s office will most likely oppose the move to expunge your felony. Many attorneys working with the D.A.’s office have political aspirations, and they do not want to be viewed as being soft on crime. Given this, it is vital that you have experienced legal counsel that can put the representative from the D.A.’s office in their place. That’s where we come in.

Hiring Us

Getting a felony expunged from your record is one of the most important steps you will take in your life. That being said, the state doesn’t make it an easy thing to do. The law is complex and there are numerous deadlines that must be complied with or the action will be dismissed. For instance, the failure to give the prosecuting attorney notice in strict compliance with the service rules after filing the petition to expunge will result in the court rejecting it. This is why you need legal counsel to get you through the process.

We’ve been providing felony expungement representation for years, so we know the tricks of the trade when it comes to producing a successful result. If you are ready to get a clean start on life, stop procrastinating. Contact us today at 800-628-0285 for an initial consultation that can set you on the road to a new life.

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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

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Feb 22, 2012

ezRecordclean.com 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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