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Can I Clean Up My Criminal Record?

If you have been convicted of a criminal offense in Orange County, your world has probably been turned upside-down. You’ve probably already dealt with some of the negative effects of a criminal record, such as how it comes up on background checks.

Even with a criminal conviction on your record, you may be able to take advantage of a favorable legal process that can bring you some much-needed relief. Certain convictions on a person’s record can be “modified” so when the person applies for most jobs, they can legally say, “I have not been convicted of a crime.”

Some felony convictions in California can be reduced to misdemeanors under certain circumstances. Also, if you are a resident of Orange County and you completed a prison term, there is a possibility that you can be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon.

Note: We are only discussing criminal convictions that took place in California, not in other states. If you are dealing with the stigma of a criminal record, we hope this information helps you understand there are ways for people to clean up their criminal record.

What We Need to Know About You

If you are interested in cleaning up your criminal record, we’d love to help. The first thing we’re going to need to know is what’s on your criminal record. Once we learn this information, we can explain your options and guide you in the right direction.

In many cases, people petition for a dismissal under Penal Code Sections 1203.4 and 1203.4a. Such a petition is commonly used in misdemeanor and infraction convictions (non-traffic).

Not all convictions can be dismissed; people can only have their conviction dismissed under certain circumstances. People are not eligible for dismissals when they were sentenced to state prison or when they were sentenced under the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s authority.

To learn more about cleaning up your criminal record, contact us to speak with an Orange County criminal defense lawyer for free!