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Criminal Record Expungement

Obtaining an Expungement in California

In most cases, the laws in California allow you to clear a criminal conviction by withdrawing your plea or findings of guilt and having the case dismissed. Therefore, when competing for an employment position with several other individuals, you want to be in a position to answer "No" to a question regarding convictions. This holds to be true in most private sector application processes.

Southern California Defense Attorney David A. Welch is very experienced at filing and obtaining expungements for our clients. California Penal Code § 1203.4, can be somewhat complex if you have no experience in the criminal defense profession. In addition to the complexity of Penal Code § 1203.4, each court has its own process for obtaining an expungement that is controlled by that court's local rules.

The expungement of a criminal record is something that we recommend be done by anyone with even a minor criminal history. Contrary to popular belief, records are not automatically cleared with the passage of time. In completing the expungement process, you should be aware of factors, which may disqualify you from being granted an expungement. The most common obstacle is attempting to expunge a case on active probation. If this is the case, you will be required to first motion the court to terminate probation prior to processing the expungement. This is a much more complex process that the expungement alone and in most cases, required a legal pleading with both argument and points and authorities that support your request.

David A. Welch will manage all aspects of your expungement process. When an appearance is required, David will personally appear before the court to make any oral argument necessary to achieve a favorable outcome on your case.

David A. Welch has over 16 years of experience in the criminal courts and is prepared to assist you with your legal objectives. If your are interested in finding out how an expungement can help you, please contact Southern California Defense Attorney David A. Welch for a free case analysis.

California Expungement Options:

  • Expungement of either Felony or Misdemeanor Cases
  • Motion to Reduce Felony convictions to Misdemeanor convictions
  • Certificate of Rehabilitation
  • Governors Pardon
  • Early Termination of Probation
  • Findings of Factual Innocence

Southern California Criminal Defense Attorney David A. Welch offers very reasonable fees and payment arrangements. Fees include all legal work, Court costs and Court appearances. In most cases, the entire process can be completed without requiring you to appear in court.

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