If you have been convicted of a crime, it will remain on your record unless it is expunged. When that occurs, you can legally answer “no” on job and housing applications that ask if you have been convicted of a crime -unless you are applying for a state license, a public job or a position as a peace officer. While expungements can’t work miracles, they can be incredibly useful in helping you move beyond your criminal conviction. If you are interested in having something expunged from your record in San Diego, please contact attorney Peter M. Liss.
Why You Need an Expungement Lawyer
Aside from helping you prepare the paperwork and officially file for a criminal expungement, an attorney can help you understand whether or not you actually qualify to do so. In your first free initial consultation, Peter Liss can evaluate your unique situation so you will know if you can have your record expunged. In many cases, successfully completing your probation will make you eligible for a record expungement. You must be off probation and should not have any violations or new offenses to qualify for an expungement. In some cases involving compelling reasons, early termination of probation is possible.
What Expungements Can’t Do
While having your record expunged will help you put your criminal past behind you, it will not erase that past. If someone looks up your record, they will see your prior convictions along with the fact that you had the crimes expunged. If you lost your right to possess a firearm, an expungement will not change this. Additionally, if you are charged with a crime later on, your previous activities will still count as prior convictions that may add to your sentence. If you have any other questions about what the procedure can or cannot do, your lawyer can answer these for you. That being said, expungements are a first step towards receiving a pardon for your crimes.
If you are ready to file for an expungement or would just like to learn more about the process, including whether you qualify to file, please call San Diego attorney Peter M. Liss at (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024.
Creative Commons Image by Crunchy Footsteps