Expungement Attorney located in Newport Beach
& Serving Clients throughout Orange County
Individuals who meet certain criteria may be able to have their criminal records “sealed,” or expunged in California. The process of expungement is complex, and it is best to consult with an experienced attorney regarding your legal rights and options.
At the Law Office of John F. Christl, we have over 25 years of experience and know how to navigate the criminal justice system. Our Newport Beach expungement attorney can help you determine if you meet the requirements for record sealing and, if so, can help you begin the process. Contact us for a free consultation; we serve clients in Orange, San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, and Santa Barbara Counties.
Call our office at (949) 245-6708 or contact us online to get started with your free initial consultation.
Who Is Eligible for Record Expungement?
In order to be eligible for expungement in California, you must meet a series of somewhat strict requirements.
The requirements for expungement eligibility in California include:
- You were not convicted in federal court;
- You have completed probation;
- You are not currently charged with another crime;
- You are not currently on probation for a crime;
- You are not currently serving time for a crime;
- You did not go to state prison; or
- You did serve time in state prison but, under Proposition 47, you would have spent time in county jail had you been convicted after the proposition went into effect
Under what is known as Realignment under Proposition 47, certain theft crimes and drug crimes—particularly marijuana-related offenses—are no longer classified as felonies but as misdemeanors or are no longer crimes. The penalties for these certain crimes, therefore, no longer include sentencing in state prison but, rather, time in county jail or no time at all.
What Does Expungement Do?
Essentially, expungement seals your record from public view. Criminal records are public and can be accessed by anyone, including employers, landlords, lenders, universities, and others. Expungement effectively makes it so that you do not have to disclose your record to anyone and releases you from essentially all penalties associated with your conviction.
Not everyone is eligible for expungement; in fact, it is relatively difficult to have a record expunged. If you believe that you meet the criteria for expungement or are interested in speaking to an attorney about your situation, we encourage you to reach out to our firm for a free consultation. Attorney John Christl is prepared to help you navigate the process from start to finish.
Call us at (949) 245-6708 or contact us online to speak to an experienced Newport Beach expungement attorney today.