Employers, schools, landlords, etc will want to know if you have a criminal history for a reason. They use such information to either judge, accept, or hire you in the given situations. Having a criminal record will haunt you for the rest of your life, regardless of how minute or how long ago it took place.

Expungement refers to a legal process that destroys your criminal record. In some cases, a copy of the record may remain available to judicial and law enforcement officials, but has disappeared entirely in the public eyes, known as sealing. In some states, expungement and sealing are used interchangeably.

Usually first-time misdemeanors and nonviolent felonies can be expunged, but violent felonies and federal crimes cannot be. Some states, however, only allow juvenile records to be expunged. Every state differs in the procedure for getting a criminal record expunged. Firstly, determine your eligibility. To do so, you will need to meet the following requirements: your crime must be eligible under your states’ laws; you must have completed any sentence associated with your crime; a certain amount of time must have passed; and you must have not committed any additional crimes during this period.

If met, you must file a written request including certain documents of your records. You might need to notify the district attorney’s office that prosecuted you and the original law enforcement agency. Then you would need to request a court hearing to prove you qualify for expungement. This entire process may take up to a year, so hiring a criminal lawyer may be in your best interests.

There’s no substitute for a strong criminal lawyer in Sacramento CA, call Wing & Parisi at (916) 441-4888.

Contact us online or call at (916) 441-4888 for a free and confidential initial consultation, available in Spanish. We appear in state and federal courts in the Sacramento and Davis communities as well as throughout Placer and San Joaquin counties.

Linda Parisi
Law Office of Wing & Parisi
917 G Street
Sacramento,CA,95814, USA
(916) 441-4888

The Law Office of Wing & Parisi serves clients in the Sacramento and Davis communities as well as throughout Placer County and San Joaquin County. Hablamos espanol.