While you can apply for an expungement yourself, it’s advisable that you get an attorney. We can do the necessary paperwork properly with all the information that we submitted to the court. Sometimes, we just submit the form that is necessary to get an expungement or dismissal granted. Other times, we will submit the form and then we will submit a declaration under penalty of perjury with pertinent information that we believe will give you the best chance of getting the expungement granted.

What Information Or Paperwork Should I Bring To My Attorney To Get A Record Expunged?

Usually, the best paperwork to bring to your attorney when preparing to apply for dismissal is what’s called a minute order of the case. It is your case, all laid out from the beginning to the end, and it will show exactly what happened in the case. The attorney will be able to see what you were convicted of, what you were ordered to complete, and whether you completed everything successfully. It will contain all the pertinent information to be able to set up the expungement form and file it the appropriate way.

What Happens If I Am Not Eligible To Get My Record Expunged In California?

Depending on what you were convicted of, you may be able to get the case reduced down to a misdemeanor, even if you can’t get it dismissed. If you’re a juvenile, you can get it sealed and destroyed and if it’s only an arrest and if they never filed any case, then you could also be eligible to get that record sealed and the destroyed, under the appropriate circumstances.

What Shows Up In My Criminal Record After It Has Been Successfully Expunged In California?

After a dismissal, your record will show that you were arrested for certain crimes, you were charged with certain crimes, and ultimately your case was dismissed. Usually, it shows it was dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section 1203.4. Anyone who understands what that penal code is will realize that you were convicted but you ultimately were able to get the matter dismissed/expunged because you filed a motion and successfully completed your probation.

Will I Ever Have To Disclose Anything If My Record Has Been Successfully Expunged?

There’s no requirement that you tell law enforcement about a criminal record, even if it’s not expunged. The effect of an expungement is taking back your guilty or no contest plea, entering a not guilty plea, and dismissing the case. The only times that you have to disclose it are if you’re contracting with a lottery, if you’re running for public office, or if you’re trying to get a state license. If you’re applying to work for a private company, then you don’t have to let them know that you had a conviction in the case. However, they may be able to find the conviction, so you may want to think twice before saying that you have no criminal record.

Why Should I Hire An Experienced Attorney To Handle My Expungement Case?

The bottom line is, if you’re going to expunge something, you’re going to get it dismissed. You want to make sure that it’s done right. I have seen people come to me after having done it wrong and getting the motion denied, and it makes it more difficult to move forward. Sometimes, you want to set things up to get them expunged and you’re not able to do that effectively if you’re not a criminal defense attorney because you don’t understand all the intricacies surrounding the case. You want to do it once, do it right, and never do it again. If you want to have the best chance of successfully getting your case dismissed or expunged, use an attorney who knows what they’re doing.

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