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

Has a criminal record made it difficult for you to rebuild your life? You may want to consider expungement. Expungement is the legal process of getting your conviction dismissed. If granted, you’ll have proof that you’ve made positive changes in your life. When someone runs a background check on you, they’ll see “dismissed in the interest of justice” next to your California conviction. This can be helpful in your job search, custody case, and many other areas of your life. Expunging your record gives you a solid 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 Irvine lawyers for free! 

Are You Eligible for Expungement? | Penal Code Section 1203.4

If you’ve served jail time and met your probation requirements, you may be eligible for expungement in Irvine. Call our office today if you’re unsure whether you qualify for expungement. We can quickly determine your eligibility. Under California Penal Code Section 1203.4, you must meet specific requirements to file for expungement in Irvine, which include the following: 

Completed Probation

One requirement for expungement eligibility is completing your probation conditions in Irvine, 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 Irvine:

  • 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 Irvine expungement lawyers!

What Convictions Are NOT Eligible for Expungement? | PC 1203.4

While a prison sentence may disqualify you from expunging your record, there are always exceptions to the rule. Let our attorneys review your case, and we’ll give you straightforward answers. Call our office today and receive 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 Irvine:

  • 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

First and foremost, you need an attorney with extensive knowledge and experience handling expungement cases. Our 40+ years of experience set us apart from the rest of California criminal lawyers. We proudly represent Irvine residents fighting to clear their records. Our top priority is making the legal process easier for you! We’ll provide guidance, so you know what to expect and how to increase your chances of winning your 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 Irvine expungement lawyers.

Step 2: Complete Forms

Don’t stress over the complicated paperwork when our attorneys can fill it out for you. Expungement requires extensive paperwork, and it must be filled out correctly. In addition to this, you may need to file requests for a felony reduction or a release from probation.

Let our Irvine 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

Missed deadlines is one of the quickest ways to get your expungement denied. Many disorganized lawyers won’t ensure your paperwork is turned in on time. At Wallin & Klarich, our organized lawyers are known for our dependable legal representation. You won’t have to worry about careless mistakes when you hire us, and we’ll ensure your expungement paperwork is turned in on time. Start the expungement process today! Contact us now for a free consultation!

Step 4: Preparing for Court

After filing the paperwork, you should prepare evidence for your expungement hearing in Irvine. 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 Irvine, 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 Irvine! 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 Irvine 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 Irvine 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 Irvine, CA. Contact us today toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (949) 776-3424 for a free consultation with a trustworthy expungement attorney near you!

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