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How to Expunge a Criminal Record

A successful petition for expungement permits the petitioner to be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense of which he or she has been convicted, except as provided in Section 13555 of the Vehicle Code which relates to revocation or suspension of driving privileges stemming from a DUI conviction.

Under the California expungement law, pursuant to section 1203.4, an individual convicted of a crime may petition the court to re-open the case, set aside the plea, and dismiss the case. To qualify for expungement he or she must have completed probation, paid all fines and restitution, not served a sentence in state prison for the offense, and not currently being charged with a crime. If the requirements for eligibility are met, a court may grant the petition if it finds that doing so would serve the interests of justice. A successful petition for expungement however will not erase or entirely seal a criminal record. However any findings of guilt or an entered judgment of guilty will be changed to a dismissal. The petitioner can then honestly and legally answer to most questions about his criminal history that he has not been convicted of that crime.

The Law Office of George Gedulin has years of experience in the field of criminal defense and has worked with clients to obtain successful expungements of their criminal records.

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