Expungements are a common request from our clients. A criminal record carries with it many inconveniences that can affect your life. Criminal records follow individuals for their entire lives and can be accessed by potential employers, landlords, and banks, among others. While it is impossible to erase a criminal record permanently, with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney, expungements can help you start a new life.
Expungement is the process by which an individual’s criminal record is sealed and hidden from public viewing. Records are not destroyed, but they are sealed and returned to the state’s Department of Justice. This allows individuals who have made mistakes in the past to start their lives fresh.
In California, there are two types of expungements:
Under Proposition 64, the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, an individual with a marijuana conviction may file an application to have the conviction expunged. This process must be started within one year of the initiative becoming law on November 9, 2016.
A person with any type of criminal conviction may file for expungement with the court. This process will not erase the crime from your record, but it will remove it from public view. You may be able to find the record with a private investigator, but it will be difficult. This is the most common type of expungement sought by clients.
Anyone who has a criminal record should consider expungement, because it can open the door to a job, a place to live, better financial opportunities, and more. Contact us today to learn more about your options from an experienced Los Angeles expungement lawyer.
Expungement is a long process that can take several months to complete. Each case is different, but to give you an idea of how the process works, here is a general overview of the steps involved in an expungement case:
When you file for expungement, you must do so in the county where the crime occurred. An individual may have multiple convictions, so filing in the correct county is important. The process begins with a petition to the court. You will provide basic information about yourself, the crime, and any other relevant information.
The court will ask you to write a letter requesting your criminal records from the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office (LASD). You must also request any records from any other law enforcement agencies involved in the case. This can be challenging, especially if you have multiple convictions.
Once you have received your criminal records from the courts, Los Angeles expungement attorney Payam Y. Poursalimi will review the documents. If they contain no errors, he will file them with the court. Once the court has received your records, the case will be scheduled for a hearing.
In the hearing, you will provide testimony and evidence to the court regarding your eligibility for an expungement. The judge will make a ruling in your case, and you will be notified of the result.
Expungement is a great way to start a new life and move on from past mistakes. No one will be able to see the record of your crime, and this can help you secure a job, a place to live, and a better future.
With the help of our experienced Los Angeles expungement lawyers, you can have a clean record and a new lease on life. Contact us today to get the process started.