Expungement: What Are My Options?

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Expungement is a process by which you can legally file to ensure that your criminal conviction does not show up on your criminal record. Not everyone qualifies for an expungement. In some cases, expungement is not possible at all. In other cases, there may be different procedures involved. Discuss these with a Long Beach criminal defense attorney.

If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, and continue to be on probation, you may request an early release from probation. You can also file a petition for expungement.

However, if you’re convicted of a misdemeanor, and have successfully completed probation, you can file a petition to get the criminal conviction dismissed from your record.

If you were convicted of a misdemeanor offense, or an infraction, and were sentenced to probation, you can petition to get the record expunged.

If you were convicted of a felony offense and remain on probation, then you can file a petition for early release, and then file a petition for a reduction of the conviction from a felony to a misdemeanor and dismissal of the conviction.

If you were convicted of a felony offense, and completed probation, or have completed county jail time, you’re eligible to file a petition for expungement.

If you are convicted of a felony, and sentenced to county jail, you can file a petition for reduction of the offense from a felony to a misdemeanor, and dismissal of the conviction.

If you were convicted of a felony, and sentenced to state prison, or placed under the authority of the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, things get more complex. In this case, you may not qualify for an expungement of your record. You can however file a petition to receive a certificate of rehabilitation and pardon.

Discuss your options for expungement by speaking with a Long Beach criminal defense attorney immediately.

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