If you have a criminal record, you know the effect it can have on many
areas of your life. Socially, it can damage your reputation and possibly
limit where you are able to live. Financially, prior criminal convictions
can make it difficult to find gainful employment or successfully obtain
a loan. Lastly, a criminal conviction could be enormously frustrating
on a personal level, knowing that your life and future prospects are being
stalled by a past mistake that you have learned from.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways to clean up your criminal record
so that you can finally free yourself of many of the obstacles caused
by your convictions.
Our attorneys are able to help clean up your criminal record using some
of the following strategies:
Expungements: During this process, a person’s past criminal convictions can be
“sealed” from their record. While an
expungement will not fully eliminate all records of convictions, arrests, or prosecutions,
it will allow an individual to claim that they have not been convicted
of a criminal offense on any non-government application, providing them
new advantages for a fresh start. Most misdemeanors and some felonies
may be eligible for expungement.
Probation modifications or terminations: Those who are currently on probation may be able to have their terms
modified or ended early. Typically, this option is possible once at least
two-thirds to three-fourths of a probation sentence has been completed,
and after all other requirements have been met. Since expungement is only
available to people who are not currently on probation, this can be the
first step towards sealing a criminal conviction.
Factual innocence motions: An individual who has been wrongfully accused of a crime may be able
to file a factual innocence motion to clear the conviction from their
record. The best time to file this type of motion is no more than two
years following their arrest for the crime. The burden of proof is very
high for the person filing a factual innocence motion, but if it is successful,
it results in the sealing of the conviction for three years. After this
time, it will be eliminated from their record.
Reduction of felonies to misdemeanors: The passage of
California Proposition 47 has redefined a number of non-violent felony crimes as misdemeanors. Individuals
who have been charged with any of the crimes affected by this new law
may be eligible for re-sentencing or a reduction in charges.
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You deserve the opportunity to move on with your life unencumbered by the
mistakes of your past. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc.,
our award-winning team of Orange County criminal defense attorneys has
been in practice for over 25 years and has a proven history of achieving
superb results for clients.
We are committed to protecting our clients’ futures. Reach out to
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