Whether you are looking to file a Petition for Expungement, obtain a Certificate of Rehabilitation, or seal your Juvenile Record, you should consult an attorney for more information. Fortunately, our San Jose lawyers have years of experience and can help you with your potential expungement case. Just click below to sign up for your free consultation today!
If you have ever been convicted of a crime in the state of California, you may be eligible to file for a Petition for Expungement in order to “clear” your record. Depending on the specifics of your case, a court may grant the petition which would change the finding of guilt to a dismissal. After such an expungement, under certain circumstances, you will then be able to honestly and legally say that you have not been convicted of the crime.
If you have been convicted of a felony and have served time in the state prison system, an expungement may not be an option for you. However, you may be eligible to apply for a Certificate of Rehabilitation from the California court system instead. Essentially, this official certificate states that your criminal past is no longer an accurate reflection of who you are today and that your rehabilitation should be acknowledged.
If you have any criminal activity on your juvenile record, it is critical that you have it sealed as soon as you turn 18 years old. Most people assume that their records are sealed automatically once they become an adult; however, that is not true. In order to have your juvenile records sealed, you must go through the court systems. Fortunately, once your juvenile records are sealed, they won’t appear on any background checks…ever.