At the Law Offices of Scott Henry, we are committed to helping you minimize the impact of your past mistakes. Being convicted of a crime should not make you a criminal for life. That is why we are available to advocate passionately on your behalf to have your criminal conviction set aside, and your case dismissed.

If you have been convicted of a crime, contact our Temecula expungement lawyers today. Our criminal defense attorneys could help you put your past behind you and give you back the opportunities you had before your conviction. 

Why Expunge Your Criminal Record?

Your criminal record is easily accessible in today’s world. Although your record tells a story about who you were, it may not tell people a story about who you are today. Criminal convictions can affect every aspect of your life. It can minimize job opportunities, make it much more challenging to find housing, and drastically impact your reputation in the community. Other harsh consequences can include:

  • Damaged personal relationships
  • Damaged professional reputation
  • The loss of your professional licensing
  • The loss of your right to vote or possess firearms
  • The loss of child custody and visitation rights
  • Immigration status issues

Fortunately, there is a way to stop your criminal record from further affecting your life. You can request an expungement of your record, so you can enjoy the confidence of being free of any criminal conviction. Our caring attorneys in Temecula could help you with the expungement process and relieve some of the harsh consequences of a criminal conviction.

California’s Proposition 47

Back in 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47. This proposition enables individuals convicted of certain felony convictions to have that conviction recalled and changed to a misdemeanor conviction. Prop 47 applies to the following felonies:

  • Petty theft
  • Burglary
  • Shoplifting
  • Simple drug possession
  • Receipt of stolen property
  • Forgery
  • Fraud/Bad checks

Certain criminal convictions cannot be reduced under Prop 47. They include child molestation, rape, and murder. You will also not be eligible for a reduction if you are required by the courts to register as a sex offender.

Am I Eligible for an Expungement?

Having your record expunged can give you a new lease on life. You are typically granted a criminal conviction expungement if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You completed the terms or received an early termination of your probation.
  • You completed your sentence and all of its requirements.
  • You did not serve time in state prison.
  • You were not charged or convicted in a Federal court.
  • You are not currently facing criminal charges.
  • You are not currently serving a sentence or on probation.
  • A year or more has passed since your conviction.

If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please do not hesitate to contact our offices for a free consultation. Our knowledgeable attorneys in Temecula could carefully review your original case and determine your eligibility for expungement.

Generally speaking, an expungement may take about three to four months. Certain courts or older cases may take a little longer. Other factors that affect the length of time are whether or not your case is in the court’s current computer system, the complexity of the original case, and whether your conviction was a felony or misdemeanor.

Speak with a Leading Temecula Expungement Attorney

If you have a criminal record, you likely know how far-reaching its impact can be. It can affect all aspects of your life, including your future. Our leading Temecula expungement lawyers are here to help you minimize the consequences and get you back on track to a bright future. Contact our offices today for a free consultation. Our seasoned attorneys could review the details of your case, explain the expungement process, answer any questions or concerns you may have, and determine your eligibility.

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