Orange County Expungement

Orange County Expungement

Expunge Attorney - Criminal Record Expunged in Orange County, Consultation Regarding Expungement Process

Expungement Lawyer Orange County – A criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life if you let it. The best method for dealing with such a problem is to hire an Orange County expungement lawyer from a firm such as ours. We will start on your case immediately. California law provides many different techniques we can employ to free you from your criminal past.

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How does the process work?

Step 1
The first step is to hire an attorney who will help you prepare for the expungement. They will assess your situation and develop a strong case for you.
Step 2
The next step is to file a motion of expungement with a California state court. Our attorneys will help you with all of the documentation that goes into filing for an expungement.
Step 3
A judge will be assigned to your case and will assess your petition for expungement. With a strong enough case, they will usually go ahead and expunge the conviction.
Step 4
If the judge decides to expunge your case, your conviction will be dismissed and cleared from all standard background checks.

Expungement Law

Expungement law is dictated at the state level, not the federal level of lawmaking. As a result, every state has its own laws on the issue. Some are very strict, and some are much more liberal. Fortunately for you, California is considered to lean to the left on the issue, which means there is a very good chance we can expunge your criminal record.

Expungement is the act of having your record wiped clean. Notably, the record is not being sealed. Instead, we will have a judge in the Orange County court system reopen the original criminal matter and consider dismissing it under specific penal code provisions such as 1203.3 and 1203.4. If the court agrees, then the original criminal charges are dismissed. Any mention of them is removed from your record and all criminal databases. If a person performs a background or criminal record check on you, they will see a clean slate. This can be the difference between starting a career or ending up in a low paying job for the rest of your life.

Are You Eligible?

There are many different paths through the penal code to having a criminal record expunged in Orange County. Each has its own requirements. For brevity, however, there are a few common requirements that always needs to be met.

The first requirement is procedural in nature. You must have been initially charged and convicted in state court. Federal cases are governed by separate legislation. Assuming you were in a state matter, you must also have complied with all the sentencing requirements associated with your original conviction, including, but not limited to, paying fines and restitution and attending ordered classes [drugs, anger, etc.] and performing tasks such as community service. The completion of any probationary period is also usually required; however, we can often get your record expunged even if you are still serving probation by having it terminated.

The biggest hurdle that typically arises in the expungement process involves jail time served. If you have served time in county jail, we can obtain an expungement of your record. If you spent time in state prison, things become a bit more complicated as you are generally limited to seeking a Certificate of Rehabilitation instead of an expungement.

Determining whether expungement is an option is highly dependent on the facts related to your conviction. Please contact us at 800-628-0285 to learn more about the options applicable to your specific situation.

The Process

The expungement process typically takes between three to seven months, depending on the caseload of the courts. The process involves a month or two of preparation time in which we meet with you and develop the strongest case possible. Once completed, we then file a petition for your expungement with the Orange County Superior Court. The case is assigned to a judge, and the district attorney is given notice of the action. The court will then hold a hearing and consider the evidence and arguments of counsel before rendering a decision. In most situations, we do not need you to attend the hearing.

Expungement Counsel

The expungement of a criminal record is one of the most important things that can happen to a person who has been convicted of a crime. Given this, it is vital that one retain an expungement lawyer in Orange County with experience in the system. Knowing the views of certain judges and prosecuting attorneys can be the difference between a successful result and a hearing that goes bad.

It is important to understand one thing very clearly. The prosecuting attorney is going to argue against the expungement of your record. Most prosecuting attorneys have aspirations of entering politics at some point. If they hope to be elected, they cannot be seen as being “soft on crime” in any way. You can expect them to vigorously work to “protect” their previous conviction. In turn, you will need an experienced law firm such as ours to stand up for you and vigorously counter their arguments.

A criminal record will haunt you for the rest of your life. Background checks are now standard procedure for employers, licensing companies, and even landlords. If you are tired of your past destroying your present and future, contact us today at 800-628-0285 for a free consultation regarding the Orange County expungement process.

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Our fees are reasonable and competitive. You usually do not need to appear in court.

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Requirements of Expungement

If you were convicted of a crime and completed your sentence or was granted early release from probation, you are eligible for expungement. There are a few requirements for a successful expungement, including:
Settle all fines and restitution

You must have been charged and convicted in a California state court

Finished all sentencing requirements

Paying all fines and restitution, attending ordered classes, and performing community service

Completed any probationary period

However, one of our attorneys can help you have the probation terminated and the conviction expunged in the same case.

Finished community service & counseling

Finished any required community service and counseling

You cannot currently be imprisoned

Have any other charges against you, or on probation for another criminal offense.

And many more...

To find out if you qualify to expunge your criminal record, take our free expungement eligibility test

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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!

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

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