January 23, 2014 By Paul Wallin

Expungements: How Your Attorney Can Clear Your Criminal Record in Temecula

We all make mistakes that are both regrettable and ultimately, learning experiences. Some mistakes unfortunately, can prove to be far more costly than others, affecting your criminal record, and thus your livelihood and the well-being of your loved ones. A criminal record can put a damper on your hopes and dreams. Qualifying to clear your criminal recordthrough the expungement process is the first step in moving on with your life, and making this happen for you is our goal at Wallin & Klarich.

Do You Qualify to Clear Your Criminal Record?

You may be able to clear your criminal record through the expungement process.
If you believe you may qualify to clear your criminal record through the expungement process, call Wallin & Klarich today.

Expunging a criminal offense means dismissing the conviction from your record. While certain offenses such as sex offenses and some alcohol-related felonies may not qualify for expungement, your experienced attorney at Wallin & Klarich can help you evaluate the type of offense you committed and its eligibility.

In a ruling on People vs. Parker Jr. (3d Cal. App. 3d 842) on June 24, 2013, the California Court of Appeal stipulated that a felony conviction can be expunged despite a state prison sentence as long as you have completed the conditions of your parole or probation. You will not be eligible to have your record expunged if you indeed served time in state prison.

California Penal Code section 1203.4 describes the conditions you must meet, in order to qualify for an expungement of your misdemeanor:

1. Serve the term of your probationary period;
2. Pay all fines and restitution;
3. Make all necessary court appearances;
4. Do not violate any other laws;
5. Comply with any other conditions of probation (community service, counseling, etc.).

Under 1203.4, if you are not placed on probation but plead guilty to a criminal offense, you are eligible to apply for an expungement one year from the date of your guilty plea.

Benefits of an Expungement

Being able to clear your criminal record is a benefit that can have lasting effects on the rest of your life. Following the completion of all of the necessary steps to clear your criminal record, you are finally able to legally answer “no” when asked by private employers if you have been convicted of a crime. This is probably the most important factor employers consider when deciding to hire job candidates. Having a criminal record can greatly hinder your ability to get a job. We all make mistakes but when those mistakes can potentially keep us from obtaining the highest quality of life for ourselves and our families, it is essential that we explore all possible avenues to clear our name.

Why a Wallin & Klarich Attorney is Your Best Choice in Temecula

Whether you are certain that you meet all of the criteria in order to clear your criminal record or not, the experienced attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can help you build your new future. With over 40 years of experience and a reputation for being accessible to all of our clients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Wallin & Klarich will begin the process of determining your eligibility, filing the necessary documents with the Riverside courts, and maintain contact with you throughout the legal process.
Our offices are located in Orange County, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Torrance, Riverside, West Covina, Victorville, Ventura, San Diego and Sherman Oaks.

Call us at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 to discuss your case. We will be there when you call.

AUTHOR: Paul Wallin

Paul Wallin is one of the most highly respected attorneys in Southern California. His vast experience, zealous advocacy for his clients and extensive knowledge of many areas of the law make Mr. Wallin a premiere Southern California attorney. Mr. Wallin founded Wallin & Klarich in 1981. As the senior partner of Wallin & Klarich, Mr. Wallin has been successfully representing clients for more than 30 years. Clients come to him for help in matters involving assault and battery, drug crimes, juvenile crimes, theft, manslaughter, sex offenses, murder, violent crimes, misdemeanors and felonies. Mr. Wallin also helps clients with family law matters such as divorce and child custody.

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