If you have a criminal conviction on your record, you may be facing significant obstacles that have negatively affected your life. From significantly limiting employment and housing opportunities to stripping you of your voting rights, a conviction can be harmful to your future. If you would like to put the past behind you, and prevent further damage caused by your criminal record, contact one of our leading Corona expungement lawyers today.

At the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry, our defense attorneys understand how a criminal conviction can affect your entire way of life. That is why we are dedicated to advocating skillfully on your behalf to have your record expunged and give you back the opportunities you had before your criminal conviction.

Understanding an Expungement

Having your criminal record expunged starts by petitioning the court to have your conviction(s) dismissed. Asking the court to expunge your record means that you are requesting that your guilty or no contest plea be withdrawn or your conviction be changed from guilty to a dismissal. Once the plea or conviction has been changed, the conviction is, in essence, dismissed. In California, there is no true “expungement,” but a dismissal pursuant to California Penal Code 1203.4 PC is possible and has many benefits.

If your petition is granted and your case is dismissed, you are legally able to say, on most applications, that you have never been convicted of a crime. A California expungement does not, however, completely erase the conviction from public record. An attorney in Corona could explain how an expungement may be beneficial in your case. 

What an Expungement Cannot Do

Having your record expunged can greatly benefit you. However, there are certain matters an expungement cannot change. For instance, it does not remove the requirement to register as a sex offender if the court originally required you to do so. It also does not reinstate your right to own or possess a firearm. Additionally, if your criminal conviction was a “priorable offense,” the expunged conviction could still affect your sentence if you receive a subsequent conviction for the same crime. 

What Crimes are Eligible for an Expungement?

In California, most felonies and misdemeanors are eligible for an expungement. However, some crimes that are not eligible to be dismissed from someone’s record include sodomy with a child, lewd acts with a child, and statutory rape. Typically, you can be granted an expungement if you:

  • Did not serve time in state prison.
  • Were convicted of the crime in state court as opposed to federal court.
  • Satisfied all the terms of your probation.
  • Are not currently facing criminal charges.
  • Are not currently serving a sentence for another crime.
  • Are not on probation for another crime.

A lawyer in Corona could help someone determine if their crime is eligible for the expungement process.

Contact a Corona Expungement Attorney Today

Expunging your record can put a stop to the limits your criminal conviction has imposed on your life. If you want to put the past behind you and move on, contact a Corona expungement lawyer today.

Our seasoned legal team at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry believes that a criminal conviction should not make you a criminal for life. We are dedicated to providing you with superior legal representation during this process. Contact our office today for a free consultation. We could discuss your conviction and which options are available to you.

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