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What does an expungement do?

You don’t want your mistake to follow you for the rest of your life. All you want to do is resume your life as normal and move on. Expungement is a term that you may have heard that allows you to clear the conviction from your record. While expungement won’t entirely clear your slate, it will update your record to show that a judge dismissed your conviction.

To qualify for expungement, you must not be serving probation or other terms of your sentence. The law declares that expungement clears you from the penalties and effects of your conviction. Having a court previously deny you probation won’t exclude you from expungement eligibility either.

Expungement is worthwhile

Having a court expunge your conviction still has benefits. For instance, you will no longer have to write that you have a conviction on most non-government job applications. For jobs that do require a more thorough examination of your background, it’s likely that both your conviction and expungement will come up. This could increase your chances for obtaining gainful employment. Keep in mind that there are limitations to the effects of expungement. You may still be unable to own a gun, earn certain government and professional licenses, and may still count as a prior on your criminal record.

Reclaim your record

If you’ve done the time for your conviction, why let it prevent you from moving forward with your life? Whether you qualify for expungement depends on the nature of your conviction and the complexities of your case, but many Californians can benefit from expungement.

Expungement may not clear your record but will show that a court dismissed your conviction which can positively impact your life.

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