What is Expungement?
Expungement is the process of having convictions or arrests removed from public records. Unlike sealing, law enforcement will still have access to a person’s criminal history, even if an arrest or conviction is expunged. A person may apply to have his/her arrest or conviction expunged if he/she meets certain legal criteria.
Before a person can have his/her arrest or conviction expunged, he/she must: have met probation criteria, must have obeyed all issued court orders, and must not have any subsequent criminal offenses. If all of these requirements are met, the person may file a petition for expungement.
Sealing Records/Expungement Advantages
Because criminal records contain publicly accessible information, it is always to a person’s advantage to consider expungement or sealing. When a person has a negative mark on his/her criminal record, it can greatly limit his/her employment, educational, and housing options. A person’s criminal record may also prohibit him/her from obtaining student or bank loans. For this reason, it is in the person’s best interest to file for sealing or expungement.
Hiring an Experienced Expungement/Sealing Attorney
David Elden is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has been helping clients throughout Southern California seal and expunge their arrest records for thirty-five years.
If you are interested in expunging or sealing your criminal record, do not hesitate to call us. David Elden and our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your individual situation and advise you of your legal options.
CONTACT David Elden For a Free Consultation: (800) 455-6200 or send message