An expungement of a criminal matter has many benefits for an individual. Expungments of criminal convictions can help gain employment, obtain a professional license, and may prevent immigration consequences in very limited situations.
California Penal Code Section 1203.4 provides that generally, an individual is entitled to expunge their criminal records in California if:
- They were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense;
- Successfully completed probation; and
- Are not currently charged with a criminal offense, on probation for a criminal offense or serving a sentence for a criminal offense.
To “successfully complete probation” an individual must have:
- Completed all the terms of their probation (including paying all fines, completing all programs and community services);
- Attended all required court appearances; and
- Did not commit any crimes while on probation.
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