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With public information being so accessible on the internet, almost anyone can obtain conviction and criminal records. Criminal records typically contain arrest reports, facts and information about your convictions and in some instances case dismissals. Much of the data found in criminal records comes from a compilation of reports and information gathered by government agencies, law enforcement officials and others who were key players in in prosecuting your case.
Whether you were convicted of financial crimes, a DUI, drug crimes, or any other crime, a misdemeanor or felony conviction can have negative consequences on your personal and professional life. That means it could be difficult for you to obtain a job, get a professional license, work for a government agency and even voting restrictions may be enforced. Thankfully, the California Penal Code allows the expungement of criminal records in certain situations. If you've been convicted of a misdemeanor and sentenced to probation, you may be eligible to petition for expungement providing:
- you have successfully completed your probation or received an early release,
- you have paid all required fines and restitution amounts, and
- you are not currently serving a sentence or charged with another offense.
If you've been convicted of a misdemeanor, yet were not sentenced to probation, you may be eligible to petition for expungement providing:
- one year has passed since your conviction,
- you have complete your sentence,
- you are not currently serving a sentence,
- you have not been charged with another offense, and
- you have continued to obey the law since your conviction.
Even when you have met the above requirements, you will need a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer representing your interests, especially since the final decision to allow an expungement is completely at the court's discretion. While an expungement will not remove the conviction from your criminal record, it will show it as having been dismissed, thus reducing the potential negative impact on your life and livelihood. An expunged record also gives you the legal right to answer "no" when asked on job applications if you've had a criminal conviction, which can make the difference between being hired or not.Contact Our Criminal Defense Lawyers Today
Having been in practice for almost 20 years, Michael Wise is considered as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in the Sacramento area. Not only does he have a solidly earned reputation as a criminal law litigator, but he has earned the respect of courts and District Attorneys alike, due to his extensive knowledge of criminal law and his expertise in the courtroom.
With the job market as tough as it is these days and unemployment levels maintaining such a high level, people are trying to do whatever they can to boost their odds of getting hired. Since around 80 percent companies perform background checks on applicants, having a "clean" or expunged record can mean the difference between being considered for a job and being passed over.
Mr. Wise and the attorneys at the firm can help you by thoroughly review of your situation and your record, determining if you are eligible to have your record expunged, and advising you on the best course of action to pursue. Don't let mistakes from your past, negatively impact your future success. If you or a loved one has questions about or is interested in finding out if your criminal record can be expunged, you need to contact a Sacramento criminal attorney at Wise Law Group, PC today.