At The Law Office of Gregory Hagopian, we help people seek expungements to clear a criminal record. In essence, when an expungement is granted, it is as if the criminal conviction had never taken place at all.
To find out more, please contact a Visalia attorney for expungements. Otherwise, visit any of the following pages for more detailed information about expungements:
- What is an expungement?
- What is a criminal record?
- The process of getting an expungement
- Probation violations and expungements
- Expungements and firearms law
- Free Assessment Questions
What Are The Positive Effects Of Getting Your Record Expunged?
- You immediately become eligible for loans and housing assistance not offered to people with criminal convictions on their records.
- You can earn more money.
- You can truthfully answer "NO" on job applications, loan applications, and applications for housing, when asked if you have a criminal conviction.
- Private employers (except for those contracting with the government or requiring you to have a form of government license) are precluded from asking you about convictions that have been expunged.
- If you are able to reduce a felony to a misdemeanor you may be able to restore gun rights that were taken away from you as a "felon."
- You get to move on with your life.
According to a 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 92 percent of employers conduct criminal records checks on at least some job candidates, and 73 percent conducted criminal background checks on all applicants.
Once all your convictions have been dismissed, this is what you can expect:
- Applying for private employment: Under most circumstances, private employers cannot ask you about any convictions dismissed under Penal Code Section 1203.4. So when applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was dismissed or expunged.
- Applying for government employment or a government license: For questions by government employers or on government licensing applications, if you are asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime, you MUST respond with "YES-CONVICTION DISMISSED." In California, government employers and licensing agencies (except for police agencies and concessionaire licensing boards) will treat you the same as if you had never been convicted of any crime.
Expungement is a legal term that we, on this site, have worked very hard to define. In reality, however, expungement means moving on to better things in life. Whether it is a scholarship, a career opportunity, or you just want to close a chapter in your life whose time has passed, expungement is a positive move. An expungement is a legal order by the Superior Court of the state of California that acknowledges that you have paid your debt to society and that your criminal history should no longer be used against you.