The Law Office of Gregory Hagopian represents clients seeking an expungement to clear a criminal record. If you have questions about the cost of an expungement, please read the information below. Otherwise, contact an attorney at our Visalia law office to schedule a free consultation.
How Much Does An Expungement Cost?
Less than you would expect. Our pricing structure is designed to reflect the amount of time and effort that will necessary to help every type of client. We have a lowest price guarantee that lets you avoid the risk of spending any more of your hard-earned money than you need to.
DUI & "Wet" Reckless Expungement
Early Termination Of Probation
Arrest Record Sealing
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The Law Office Of Gregory Hagopian: Lowest Price Guarantee
We give 110 percent to our clients. All day, every day.
We know the reputation that lawyers have. We do. We accept it. But we are here to help and one of the ways that we've chosen to help is by guaranteeing that our prices are the lowest available. We eliminate the risk of you having to spend any more of your money than you absolutely need to move on with your life. If you can find another law firm with an advertised price for one of our services that is less than our price, we will not only match it, we will beat it by 10 percent. We give you 110 percent. All day, every day.
How To Take Advantage Of Our Lowest Price Guarantee
All price guarantee claims must be made before payment is made on your case. To take advantage of our claim, simply mail, email, fax, or bring in the other law firm's offer and once we verify it, we'll match it and beat it by 10 percent. No tricks. We stand by our guarantee.
What Should You Look For If You Choose To Compare Prices?
1: Is the quote you get all inclusive?
Everyone hates hidden fees. So we have eliminated them. This means that you will never be sandbagged by extra fees down the road. Sadly, not all of our competition feels the same way. Many firms fail to mention extra fees that they charge if they need to make more than one appearance on your case, or if they need to respond to an opposition from the District Attorney's Office, or even if you want them to drive down to the Courthouse to file your paperwork for you. Most law firms don't include the cost of the filing fee charged by the Superior Court to file your paperwork, which, depending on what you are filing, will be somewhere between $60 and $120 per case. In comparing prices, all we ask for is an even playing field. Any low price guarantee claim then must actually include a published price from a law firm that includes all court costs, filing fees, hearing costs, etc. If someone else fairly beats our price, we'll beat him or her right back.
2: Is the quote from a law firm and does it include representation in court?
There are a number of "legal typing agencies" that will advertise their assistance in filling out the necessary forms and helping you file them with the Superior Court. These same agencies typically will help people with divorce paperwork, wills and trusts, child custody etc. They aren't good at any of these things. This is truly any area where you get what you pay for. Having a nonlawyer help you fill out a form and then requiring you to file the forms yourself, pay the court for the filing fee, and make the appearance without anyone to assist you doesn't come close to matching what we do for you. The more honest of these companies will admit this in their contract paperwork where they will scrupulously warn you that they absolutely are not willing, or able, to give any kind of legal advice. Then why are you going to them? Any legal typing service charging you more than $10 an hour for secretarial services is stealing your money.
3: Is the quote you get for the entire completed work?
Many law firms, including our own, will work with you in payment plans. Unfortunately, some of our more unethical competitors advertise their initial payment as if it were the total fee. If you've see an advertisement for an expungement "starting at $99," or the like, you have been the victim of unethical marketing. What you are supposed to take from reading their offer is that they charge as little as $99 to do expungements. What they actually mean by the term "starting at" is that you will "start paying" at $99, and then will "finish paying" a whole lot more. Do you really want to work with a law firm that has intentionally deceived you from the outset?
4: Does the quote you get really solve your problem?
Say that you are still on probation, and need a felony expungement, for which you were violated on probation, and you need to have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor in order to restore your gun rights. When you see an ad saying "Expungements for $600!" You are probably ready to jump. Here are a few things you need to ask, however. Does this law firm offer the same price for infraction, misdemeanor, and felony expungement? If so, they're a strange bunch because the amount of work involved in these different circumstances is not the same. Will they file a motion to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor without any additional charge? If so, again, they are strange bunch because this request will require additional work that they apparently are willing not to get paid for. The same is true of dealing with the probation violation and dealing with the early termination of probation. If you are looking at a naked quote for "Expungements" without any bill of particulars, you are either looking at a quote for the absolute lowest that the law firm is willing to charge (i.e., they will nickel and dime you for every little problem until that initial quote bears no resemblance to what you actually pay them in the end) or you are, just as likely, looking at an ad from a criminal defense lawyer who has no idea how expungement law works and is trying to make a few bucks on the side by advertising for a service he or she doesn't really know how to effectively provide. If a law firm can't effectively quote you what your service will cost, will they really be able to perform that service to your satisfaction?
Money Back Guarantee
The California Expungement Center is so confident in our ability to help our clients, that if we approve you as a client we will give you a 100 percent money back guarantee if the court rejects your infraction, misdemeanor, or felony expungement. If we can't get your record cleared, we don't take a dime.
- Our guarantee only applies to our infraction, misdemeanor and felony expungement services. We cannot guarantee early terminations of probation, reductions of felonies to misdemeanors, or certificates of rehabilitation.
- Court cost and filing fees are not included in the guarantee (usually $60 to $120 for each expungement petition that is filed).
- If you tell us that a probation violation exists we can only offer a 50 percent money back guarantee, less filing fees. If you fail to inform us that a probation violation exists, prior to our filing your expungement motion, the guarantee is null and void.
- If you do something after the expungement petition is filed that renders the petition ineligible for relief then the guarantee is not applicable, i.e., you get arrested and charged with another crime while your expungement petition is pending with the court.
- If a felony is reduced to misdemeanor, but not expunged, we will refund only 25 percent of attorney fee, less filing fees.
- It will be considered a client default and a refund will not be granted if the expungement is unsuccessful on account of client's failure to disclose relevant information, such as outstanding fines, incomplete court requirements, etc.