Riverside County Expungement Law
Expungement laws differ between states. Some states are strict, and others aren’t. Fortunately, California is less strict on the issue, which means you have a higher chance of expunging your criminal record.
An Expungement is the act of having your record wiped clean of any convictions. With this process, a Riverside County judge will reopen the original criminal matter and consider dismissing it under Penal Codes 1203.3 or 1203.4. If the court agrees to the expungement, the original criminal charges are dismissed, and any mention of them is removed from your record and all criminal databases. After a successful expungement, anyone who does a criminal record check on you will see a clean slate. This could increase employment, housing, licensing, and educational opportunities in the future.
Am I Eligible?
There are different ways to expunge a criminal record in Riverside County. Each option differs, but they all have a few common requirements that must be met. These requirements include:
- You must have been initially charged and convicted in a California state court.
- You must have complied with all sentencing requirements associated with your original conviction. This includes paying fines and restitution, attending ordered classes, and completing community service.
- You must have completed the probationary period. However, one of our attorneys can help you have the probation terminated and the conviction expunged in the same case.
The biggest challenge with expungements is if you served time in state prison. This is much more complicated than if you would’ve served time in county jail. These cases usually end in a Certificate of Rehabilitation instead of an expungement.
The facts related to your conviction determine whether you are eligible for expungement. You can take our free online expungement assessment or give us a call at (657) 217-2799 to find out if you are eligible today.
The expungement process takes anywhere from 3-7 months. This process begins with a month or two of preparation time in which one of our attorneys will meet with you and develop the strongest case possible. Once finished, we will file the motion for your expungement with the Riverside County Superior Court. Then, the court assigns a judge, notifies the district attorney, and holds a hearing to consider whether you are eligible for expungement. Most of the time, we do not need to attend the hearing.
Contact A Riverside County Expungement Attorney Today
The expungement of a criminal record can be super effective in increasing your chances of a better standard of living. An expungement will help increase your employment, housing, licensing, and educational opportunities. Due to this, it is important to hire a Riverside County expungement attorney with years of experience in the system. Knowing the views of judges and prosecuting attorneys can be the difference between a successful expungement and a hearing that goes bad.
It is important to know that the prosecuting attorney will try their best to argue against your expungement. These attorneys usually have goals of going into politics at some point. This means that they can not be seen as “soft” when it comes to crime. You can expect them to fight hard against your case. This is why it is important to have an experienced law firm on your side that will confidently counter all of their arguments.
A criminal conviction can be a burden on you for the rest of your life. Background checks have become standard procedures for employers, landlords, licensing agencies, and more. If you are tired of your past haunting you, contact us today. One of our attorneys can help expunge your conviction to help secure a better future. Give us a call at (657) 217-2799 or take our free online expungement assessment to see if you are eligible.