WHY GET AN EXPUNGEMENT?
A Lifetime of Benefits
Everyone makes mistakes. But finding a job is hard and few employers will forgive a criminal conviction. It just doesn’t matter how much you’ve changed, or how hard you work, or what dreams you have. All that matters is that one mistake in your past. You have a criminal record.
Fortunately, California currently has a legal procedure for expunging certain misdemeanor and felony convictions. The Law Firm of Richard Glen Boire is a trusted leader in expunging criminal convictions in all California counties.
If you’re ready to put your past behind you once and for all, we will handle everything for you from start to finish, at a price you can afford. Expunging your record is one of the very best investments you can make in yourself. It will pay off for your entire life.
What Our Expungement Does:
- Your plea of guilty (or no contest) is withdrawn, a plea of NOT GUILTY is entered.
- The Court then DISMISSES your case. Records of your case show it as “DISMISSED.”
- You can answer “No” if an employer asks you if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.
- The expungement will be transmitted to the Department of Justice.
- You can close a chapter of your past, and move on without fear or shame.
- An expungement can help you with some job licenses and certificates.
- An expungement can improve your credit rating.
- An expungement can help you with housing and loan applications.
- An expungement can restore student loan eligibility after a drug conviction.
- If you are ever a witness in a civil case, you cannot be impeached with an expunged conviction.
What an Expungement Does Not Do:
- If you are charged with another crime in the future, the expunged conviction can still be used as a prior conviction to increase your sentence.
- If the expunged conviction was a “strike,” it will still count as a strike.
- An expungement does not “erase” your record. Instead, it’s like a retroactive dismissal. (The conviction will show as DISMISSED.)
- If you lost your firearm rights, expunging your conviction will not restore your ability to possess a firearm. To restore your firearm rights, we may be able to reduce your felony to a misdemeanor or apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon.
- If you have to register as a sex offender, you will still have to register even after the conviction is expunged. To end registration, we can petition for a Certificate of Rehabilitation after your expungement is granted.
- Some licensing agencies do not recognize expungements when determining whether to grant or deny a license. An expungement will never hurt your situation and will often help, but you should contact your licensing agency to learn whether an expungement will help you.
- If applying for a government job, you must still admit your conviction if asked whether you have ever been convicted, but you can (and should) note “Dismissed per. Penal Code section 1203.4.”
- If your driver’s license has been suspended, expungement of the conviction will not affect your license; it will still be suspended. Expungement does not affect your DMV record.