What is Expungement? | How Expunging Your Record Can Help You

Are you facing challenges in rebuilding your life due to a criminal record? It might be worth exploring the option of expungement. Expungement is a legal process that involves having your conviction dismissed. If approved, it provides tangible evidence of the positive changes you have made in your life. When someone conducts a background check on you, they will see “dismissed in the interest of justice” alongside your California conviction. This can greatly benefit you in various aspects of life, such as job searches and custody cases. By expunging your record, you can establish a strong foundation to rebuild your life.

While you can file for expungement on your own, hiring one of our skilled expungement lawyers is a wise decision to help you navigate the complex paperwork. Your Wallin & Klarich attorney remains at your side, making the expungement process much easier for you. We’ve helped many Southern California clients get expungements for over 40 years, and we’re here to help get you as well! Receive the clean slate that you deserve. Call us today and discuss expungement with our skilled Anaheim lawyers for free! 

Are You Eligible for Expungement? | Penal Code Section 1203.4

If you have completed your jail sentence and fulfilled the requirements of your probation, you may meet the criteria for expungement in Anaheim. If you are unsure about your eligibility for expungement, we encourage you to contact our office today. Our team can promptly assess your situation and determine if you qualify for expungement. In accordance with California Penal Code Section 1203.4, there are specific requirements that must be met in order to file for expungement in Anaheim. These requirements include:

Completed Probation

One requirement for expungement eligibility is completing your probation conditions in Anaheim, including the following: 

  • No additional convictions 
  • Not on active probation or parole
  • Attended scheduled probation meetings
  • Paid all fines or restitution
  • Completed community service
  • Permitted police searches and seizures 
  • Finished rehabilitation program or counseling 

Determining Whether a Conviction Qualifies for Expungement

As mentioned above, contacting our office is the best way to determine whether your conviction meets eligibility requirements. We are familiar with the expungement guidelines. Plus, we understand exceptions to the laws. Certain factors increase the likelihood of expungement eligibility in Anaheim:

  • You served time in county jail (not prison).
  • You served prison time, but the court would have ordered jail time under Proposition 47.1. 
  • Your conviction was for a non-violent crime, and you participated in the conservation camp’s fire crew with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). (AB 2147)

Our attorneys are happy to review your case even if you believe a probation violation disqualifies you. With a free consultation, you may discover other legal options available to help you. Contact us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL and consult with our Anaheim expungement lawyers!

What Convictions Are NOT Eligible for Expungement? | PC 1203.4

Although having served a prison sentence may typically make you ineligible for expungement, it’s important to note that there are exceptions to this rule. Our team of attorneys is here to carefully review your case and provide you with clear and honest answers. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office today to schedule your free expungement consultation!


Expungement is not allowed for the following crimes in California, including: 

  • Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 & defendant over 21 years old – PC 261.5(d)
  • Sodomy of with minor under the age of 14 – PC 286(c)
  • Lewd and lascivious acts – PC 288
  • Oral copulation with a minor – PC 288a(c)
  • Continuous sexual abuse of a child – PC 288.5
  • Forcible sexual penetration with a minor under 14 – PC 289(j)
  • Felony possession of child pornography – PC 311
  • Failing to stop for an inspection – Vehicle Code section 42002.1
  • A violation of Vehicle Code section 42001

Our Wallin & Klarich expungement attorneys will ensure you understand the legal routes you can take to rebuild your life and clear your record. Other options like a Governor’s Pardon under Penal Code section 1203.4(g) may be available if you do not meet eligibility requirements. If successful, you’ll receive proof of the pardon, which can help you regain your reputation and standing in the community. Contact us today to learn more about clearing your record.

When Can I Petition to Have My Record Expunged? 

You may have to wait to file expungement, or you may already meet the requirements. Below are some guidelines to help you determine when you can file for expungement after conviction in Anaheim:

  • After successfully completing your probation
  • After the court ends your probation early (PC 1203.3)
  • If the court did not sentence you to probation, you must wait one year after the conviction to file for expungement. 

Hiring our expungement lawyers improves your chances of success. At Wallin & Klarich, we understand how to present the best argument in favor of your expungement and what supporting evidence the judge wants to see. Contact our office for the legal advice you need!

How To File For Expungement | What You Need to Do

Step 1: Hire an Attorney

The most crucial factor is finding an attorney who possesses vast expertise and experience in handling expungement cases. With over 40 years of experience, we stand out among other California criminal lawyers. We are dedicated to representing Anaheim residents who are determined to clear their records. Our main objective is to simplify the legal process for you. We will offer comprehensive guidance, ensuring you have a clear understanding of what to anticipate and how to maximize your chances of a successful expungement.

Wallin & Klarich takes great pride in being transparent with our clients. You won’t have to worry about hidden fees when you hire our law firm. We even offer payment options to help you afford the skilled representation that you deserve. Call us today and hire one of our Anaheim expungement lawyers. 

Step 2: Complete Forms

Leave the burdensome task of filling out the complex paperwork to our attorneys. Expungement proceedings involve a significant amount of paperwork, and it is crucial to ensure that it is completed accurately. Furthermore, you may also need to file requests for a felony reduction or a release from probation as part of the process.

Let our Anaheim attorneys take the burden off your shoulders. With 40+ years of experience in expungement law, we can get everything completed for you! You’re sure to have plenty of questions along the way, and we’ll be here to provide the answers you need. Take the first step toward a clean slate with expungement! Contact Wallin & Klarich today for your free consultation.  

Step 3: File for Expungement

Failing to meet deadlines is a major reason behind expungement denials. Some lawyers may be disorganized and not prioritize timely submission of paperwork. However, at Wallin & Klarich, our highly organized lawyers are renowned for providing reliable legal representation. When you choose us, you can rest assured that we will handle your case diligently, avoiding any careless mistakes and ensuring that your expungement paperwork is submitted on time. Don’t delay, start the expungement process today by contacting us for a free consultation!

Step 4: Preparing for Court

After filing the paperwork, you should prepare evidence for your expungement hearing in Anaheim. Your Wallin & Klarich attorney will be ready with proof that you deserve an expungement. Our experience gives us insight into what the judge may request, which allows us to prepare well in advance. For example, we’ve used supporting documentation to account for probation violations in past cases. We may request the following records to support your expungement case: 

  • College transcripts 
  • Career training documents 
  • Work history
  • Charity work 
  • Official letters from employers, probation officers, reverends or pastors, rehab program administrators, etc.  
  • Counseling or rehab documentation

Steps We Can Take If Your Expungement Is Denied 

Your Wallin & Klarich attorney will fight to win your expungement. However, if your expungement is denied in Anaheim, you do not have to give up, and we won’t stop fighting either! First, we clarify the reason for the denial, and then, we get to work addressing the issues to refile your expungement. 

If you tried to get your record expunged on your own or with an inexperienced lawyer, you should contact our skilled expungement attorneys today! When you hire Wallin & Klarich, we are committed to winning your expungement. Find out how we can help you with expungement in Anaheim! Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL.

Choosing A Top Expungement Attorney | We’ll Fight For You

With so many expungement lawyers competing for your attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or choose the wrong one. When you choose an Anaheim expungement attorney, you must evaluate what they can do for you. Do they have experience and a solid track record? Are your best interests their top priority? Don’t just take their word for it. Consider how they make you feel as well. Wallin & Klarich has years of experience fighting legal battles to help clients get their records cleared. It’s easy for us to articulate what we bring to the table that separates us from other defense firms. We are known for the following characteristics:

  1. Trusted Legal Advocates
  2. Exceptional Negotiators
  3. 40+ Years of Practice 
  4. Specialized Legal Expertise 

Trusted Legal Advocates | The Wallin & Klarich Difference 

You need to be able to trust your Anaheim expungement attorney. An honest conversation will help them prepare the strongest argument for your expungement. With Wallin & Klarich, you never have to question our loyalty. You’ll always receive one-on-one attention and genuine care when you visit our office. We are here for you when you need us, and we’re always prepared to fight for your best interests.

Exceptional Negotiators | 40+ Years of Success

You also need a skilled lawyer who understands what the judge wants to hear at your expungement hearing. We’ve honed our negotiation skills during our 40+ years of practice, and we continue to strive for excellence. Find out how our expert negotiators can help you win your expungement in Anaheim, CA. Contact us today toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with a trustworthy expungement attorney near you! 

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