Being convicted of a crime can negatively affect several aspects of a person’s life. A person convicted of a crime may be held back by employment, education, and housing opportunities that are no longer available to them. Due to the ever-growing services offered to the general public for obtaining background information, relationships can become strained and ruined once a loved one becomes aware of a criminal conviction. With an expungement, those previously convicted of a crime can seal their criminal history allowing them freedom from discrimination by potential employers, the ability to obtain a state professional license, and the ability to avoid immigration consequences when applicable.
At Defense Attorneys Orange County, our attorneys have obtained countless expungements for persons convicted of a wide variety of different criminal offenses. Defense Attorneys Orange County, firm partner, has spent decades representing high-profile clients, most notably the “zebra murders” defendants for which there are two books and a movie currently in development documenting the events. His unparalleled experience and legal knowledge concerning criminal defense is utilized regardless of the circumstances for which you are in need of an expungement.
Those convicted of crimes in California cannot be currently facing charges or in the middle of their probationary period to realistically seal their record. Once probation has been served, those seeking expungement have higher odds of success if they did not receive any probation violations. If they did receive probation violations, there is still a chance that an expungement will be issued.
Criminal offenses that cannot be expunged include:
- Sodomy with a child
- Oral copulation with a child
- Statutory rape
- And lewd acts with a child
Hiring an Attorney for Your Expungement
The difficulties pertaining to an expungement differ greatly depending on each person’s individual circumstance. Although some expungements are relatively easy to obtain, others require proof of good standing in the community and sufficient proof of genuine rehabilitation of the offender’s lifestyle.