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Expungement of Criminal Records

Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where a past criminal conviction is holding you back? Maybe it is affecting your chances of finding a job or securing housing.

If you are feeling trapped by your past, there may be a solution for you: expungement of criminal records.

Eligibility for Expungement

Before we dive into the details of the expungement process, let us talk about eligibility. Not all criminal convictions can be expunged, and it is essential to understand the criteria to determine if you qualify.

In California, you may be eligible for expungement if:

  • You have completed probation for the offense.
  • You have fulfilled all court-ordered requirements, such as community service or restitution.
  • You are not currently serving time in jail or on probation for any other offense.
  • You are not facing charges for any new criminal offense.

California Expungement Law

California has specific laws in place that allow for the expungement of criminal records. Expungement is a legal process that allows an individual to have their conviction set aside and the case dismissed.

While the record of your conviction will still be visible to law enforcement and certain government agencies, it will no longer appear on most background checks seen by employers or landlords. The expungement process allows individuals to move forward with their lives, free from the stigma and barriers that a criminal record can bring.

Having a clean slate can open doors for employment, housing, and other opportunities.

How to Expunge a Criminal Record in California

Expunging a criminal record can be a complex legal process, which is why it is crucial to seek the guidance of an experienced attorney. An Orange County criminal defense lawyer can help you navigate through the expungement process and ensure that all necessary steps are followed correctly.

Here are the general steps involved in expunging a criminal record in California:

  • Determine eligibility: Consult with an attorney to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements for expungement.
  • Prepare the necessary documents: Your attorney will assist you in gathering all the required paperwork, including a petition for expungement.
  • File the petition: Your attorney will file the petition with the appropriate court, requesting the expungement of your criminal record.
  • Attend a hearing: In some cases, a hearing may be required to present your case to the court. Your attorney will guide you through this process and advocate on your behalf.
  • Await the court’s decision: Once the petition is filed, the court will review your case and make a decision regarding the expungement.
  • Expungement granted: If the court grants your expungement, your criminal record will be set aside, and the case will be dismissed.

Keep in mind that the expungement process can take time, sometimes several months. Having an attorney by your side ensures that all the necessary steps are followed correctly, increasing your chances of a successful expungement.

How California Expungement Law Has Improved

Over the years, California’s expungement laws have evolved, making it easier for individuals to clear their criminal records. These improvements reflect society’s recognition of the importance of offering second chances and reducing the lifelong impact of past mistakes.

Today, California law provides individuals with more avenues for record clearance, such as the early termination of probation or reducing certain offenses from a felony to a misdemeanor before expungement. These changes increase the opportunities for individuals to rebuild their lives and move forward with confidence.

Orange County Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are ready to take the first step towards expunging your criminal record, the Law Offices of William W. Bruzzo are here to help. With over 30 years of experience in criminal law and a deep understanding of the Orange County court system, Attorney Bruzzo is well-equipped to guide you through the expungement process.

Call us at (714) 547-4636 or contact us online to receive a consultation. Do not let your past hold you back any longer.

The pathway to a fresh start begins with expungement. Let us be your trusted advocate as you navigate the legal process and regain control of your future.

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