California Criminal Record FAQ

Criminal Records in California

1 in 5 California adults have a criminal record. Have you seen yours?

If you’ve been detained, arrested, or convicted anywhere in California, the incident is recorded on your criminal record as maintained by the California Department of Justice. The California Department of Justice (DOJ) is the official repository of California criminal records.

We recommend that every person obtain and review his or her official Department of Justice criminal record at least once every 10 years in order to verify its accuracy. This is also the first step to having our law firm expunge your conviction. Just as your credit report may contain mistakes, your criminal record can occasionally contain inaccuracies that unfairly affect your life. If you are in California, you can obtain your California criminal record by getting a Livescan. We will provide all forms, local Livescan locations, and once your record is received, it will be personally reviewed by Richard Glen Boire, California’s most trusted expungement lawyer.

The Law Firm of Richard Glen Boire has extensive experience dealing with the California Department of Justice, interpreting and correcting criminal history records, and, of course, expunging both misdemeanor and felony convictions.

Who Can Obtain Your DOJ Record?

By law, access to your criminal history records maintained by the California Department of Justice is restricted to law enforcement agencies, the courts, and so-called “Authorized Applicant Agencies” (government employers, licensing agencies, schools, hospitals, etc). According to the National Employment Law Project, approximately 1.5 million record checks for employment and licensing are done each year, just in California.

But, individuals also have the right to request a copy of their own criminal history record to review it for accuracy and completeness, and to refute any inaccurate information. By authorizing our law firm to receive a copy of your criminal history records, the Law Firm of Richard Glen Boire can review your record and provide you with a professional expungement strategy.

Common Cal. Criminal Record Questions & Answers

1) Does my criminal record include arrests that did not lead to a conviction?

Yes. In addition to criminal convictions, the records maintained by the California Department of Justice include detentions and arrests, even if no charges were ever filed or the case was dismissed without a conviction.

2) How far back does my criminal record go?

Your DOJ criminal record covers your entire life, including detentions, arrests and convictions that occurred before you turned 18.

3) Does my California DOJ record include information from other states where I have lived?

No. The California DOJ criminal record only covers detentions, arrests, and convictions that occurred in California. Other states maintain their own criminal records. Your FBI criminal record includes offenses from all states.

4) What is a Livescan? How do I get my official criminal record?

A Livescan is a special electronic fingerprint that is directly transmitted to the Department of Justice. The Livescan electronic fingerprint is then automatically matched to your criminal. We provide you with everything you need to get your livescan.

5) How long does it take to get my DOJ criminal history report?

In most cases, you will receive your DOJ report within 3-5 days of completing the LiveScan. (If you live outside of California, it can take a bit longer, because a Livescan is not possible.) Once we receive a copy, Mr. Boire can usually review your record and email you a complete evaluation and record cleaning strategy within 24 hours.

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