A conviction for an infraction, misdemeanor or felony will show up on your record and can be a major barrier to getting the job you want. Fortunately, a mistake you made in the past does not have to haunt you for the rest of your life. An experienced lawyer may be able to help you avoid having to disclose a prior conviction through the expungement process.
At Ahmed & Sukaram, Attorneys at Law, our San Mateo County expungement attorneys help people get fresh starts. One of our strengths as a firm is our attention to detail. When trying to help our client’s obtain an expungement, we look at all areas of their life so we can formulate the most convincing arguments as to why the expungement should be granted. The smallest details, often overlooked by some attorneys, can mean the difference between succeeding or failing at having your record cleared.
How Does Expungement Work in California?
California law sets forth a very specific set of criteria that must be met before a felony or misdemeanor charge can be expunged. Before petitioning for expungement, you must:
- Complete probation
- Pay fines
- Pay restitution, if necessary
- Complete community service, if required
If you meet all of those requirements, then we can go to court to ask for expungement. In fact, we can petition the court to terminate your probation early and to grant your expungement.
How Does a Successful Expungement Petition Help You?
With an expunged record, you can truthfully answer “no” on employment applications when asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime. This is a major step toward rebuilding your life after a criminal case.
It is important to know that there are some things an expungement cannot do. For example, it does not restore your firearms rights. You may also be required to disclose your conviction if applying for certain types of state licenses. There are separate processes for dealing with these issues, and our San Jose attorneys can help you understand your options.
Contact Our Record Sealing Lawyers in San Mateo County
If you have questions regarding how to clear your criminal record, contact our Redwood City law firm online or call us toll free at 877-337-0697. If you communicate best in Spanish or another language, simply let us know. Se habla español.
We believe in keeping the lines of communication open with our clients. We promptly return calls and e-mails, and after-hours calls to our law firm are automatically forwarded to an attorney.