Clearing Your Criminal Record – Is it Possible to Get a Fresh Start?
If you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony in California, there is still a chance that your case could be expunged or dismissed, thereby clearing your criminal record. In some cases, we can file a motion on your behalf asking the court to withdraw your guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) plea or guilty verdict and enter a not guilty plea. The court will then set aside and dismiss the conviction. From that point, you are considered no longer convicted of the offense. This is our criminal justice system’s way of giving those convicted of crimes a second chance and an opportunity to make a fresh start.
However, not everyone can get their California criminal case dismissed or expunged. There are several criteria that must be met in order to qualify for such a procedure. You are eligible for a dismissal of conviction if:
- You have successfully completed probation or obtained an early release
- You have paid all court-ordered fines and restitution
- You are not currently charged with an offense
- You are not currently serving a sentence or probation for some other crime
An experienced and knowledgeable Los Angeles and Orange County criminal defense lawyer will be able to successfully file a motion to expunge your conviction if you meet the eligibility requirements. For more information, please contact the skilled criminal defense lawyers at Sitkoff & Hanrahan for a free consultation and evaluation of your case. We have successfully filed these motions on behalf of numerous clients. Call us today at 1-866-430-8383 to discuss your case.