California Expungement Lawyers Help You Clear Your Record
Our Torrance attorneys keep your past from hurting your future
Does your stomach sink each time you fill out an application because you know you will have to answer questions concerning criminal convictions? At Law Office of Donald R. Hammond, we are here to help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record. We are dedicated advocates with the skills necessary to assist clients interested in building a future free of the stigma that comes with having committed a crime.
Our attorneys help hundreds of clients get criminal convictions expunged from their records. We have a thorough understanding of California criminal laws and the inner workings of local, state and federal area courts, and we use our knowledge of the criminal justice system to your advantage. Trust our lawyers to diligently work for you.
What does expunging a record do?
A criminal conviction is permanently erased when a record is expunged. If you were convicted of a crime but have since had your record expunged, even the physical records of your conviction are destroyed. You are allowed to say you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime. That said, you should speak to a lawyer if your record was expunged and you are considering applying for a professional license or running for office. Some rules still require you to disclose such information.
Eligibility for expungement
Certain circumstances must exist in order for your case to be considered for expungement. In California, you must have completed your sentence and be off of probation. If you are still on probation, your lawyer may be able to help you terminate probation early, so you can gain an early expungement. Grounds to have a conviction expunged vary on a state-by-state basis, but you may be able to have your record destroyed if:
- The charges against you have been dismissed
- You were found acquitted or found not guilty
- You were a juvenile at the time
Felony convictions where where the court imposed a state prison sentence do not qualify for expungement under California Penal Code section 1203.4. However, such felony convictions may be eligible for other forms of post-conviction relief, such as reduction under Proposition 47, a certificate of rehabilitation, or a governor’s pardon.
Pave the way to a brighter future
Do not let a lapse in judgment or wrong act have a negative impact on your future health and happiness. Instead, contact Law Office of Donald R. Hammond to discuss having your record expunged. Reach out to our Torrance, California office online or at 323-529-3660 to schedule a consultation with a seasoned criminal defense attorney.