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What is Expungement? | Why You Should Consider Expunging Your Record

Expungement attorneyWith an expungement in Torrance, you can leave your past behind and open a new chapter of your life. Expungement is the legal process of asking the court to dismiss your criminal conviction, and it allows you to withdraw your guilty or no contest plea. If successful, the court will dismiss your case “in the interest of justice.” Although you won’t have to disclose your conviction on most job applications, people might see your dismissed conviction. However, you’ll have proof of your successful rehabilitation to show potential employers, creditors, or anyone questioning your credibility. 

Expungement is complicated without a skilled attorney to guide you through each step. To increase your chances of success, you need to hire a knowledgeable expungement attorney as soon as possible. Our law firm has 40+ years of experience handling expungement cases in Torrance. We’ve helped numerous clients clear their records and move forward with their lives. Contact us today for your free consultation and take the first step toward a clean slate. 

Who Is Eligible for Expungement? | Penal Code Section 1203.4

If you’ve completed your sentence in Los Angeles County, you may be eligible for expungement. The court may consider expungement for anyone sentenced to the county jail, probation, or fines. Since there are exceptions to every rule, you should call our office to see if you qualify for an expungement. Below, we’ve summarized the conditions for expungement according to PC 1203.4, so you can get an idea of eligibility requirements.

Completed Probation

Along with successfully completing your probation, you must meet the following conditions to qualify for expungement in Torrance:

  • No further criminal violations
  • Obeyed all court or jail orders 
  • Kept your probation appointments
  • Paid fines or restitution
  • Completed community service
  • Permitted police searches and seizures 
  • Finished drug or alcohol rehabilitation 
  • No active probation or parole.

Situations Where You May Qualify for Expungement

You should contact Wallin & Klarich today for more information about expungement. You may qualify for expungement under the following circumstances:

  • The court didn’t sentence you to state prison for your conviction. 
  • The court sentenced you to prison, but under Proposition 47.1, your sentence would’ve been jail. 
  • Your conviction was for a non-violent crime, and you participated in a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) conservation camp’s fire crew. (AB 2147)

We may be able to file for an expungement on your behalf even if you have a probation violation. Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have over 40 years of navigating the complexities of California’s expungement laws. We will remain by your side every step of the way and protect your right at your expungement hearing. For your free consultation, contact us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL.

Who is NOT Eligible for Expungement? | PC 1203.4

A prison sentence makes most people ineligible for expungement in Torrance. However, our attorneys know some exceptions to this rule. To quickly determine your eligibility, contact our skilled attorneys at Wallin & Klarich, and we’ll answer all your questions regarding expungement. Certain crimes are ineligible for an expungement in California, including: 

  • Sodomy of with minor under 14 – PC 286(c)
  • Lewd and lascivious acts with a minor – 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)
  • Unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16 & defendant over 21 years old – PC 261.5(d)
  • Felony possession of child pornography – PC 311
  • Failing to stop for an inspection – Vehicle Code section 42002.1
  • Any violations of Vehicle Code section 42001


Note: Our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich can still help you in other ways if your conviction was for one of the above crimes. One option is filing for a Governor’s Pardon under Penal Code section 1203.4(g). If granted, you’ll receive proof of your successful rehabilitation. This helps repair your credibility and shows others that you’ve turned your life around. Contact us today to learn more about your legal options outside of expungement. 

When Can I Petition to Have My Record Expunged? 

  • After you complete your probation in Los Angeles County, you can immediately file for an expungement. If the court terminated your probation early, you could also file for expungement under California Penal Code section 1203.3
  • If the court didn’t place you on probation for your misdemeanor or infraction, you must wait a year from the judgment date to file for expungement. 

Retaining a knowledgeable attorney makes the expungement process easier for you. We can increase your chances of success. We will examine your case and build a solid argument to convince the court to grant your expungement. Contact Wallin & Klarich today and consult our expungement attorneys. 

Steps Towards Expungement | What You Need to Do

Step 1: Hire an Attorney

To win your expungement hearing, you should hire an experienced Torrance attorney specializing in this complex legal process. Our 40+ years of experience gives us in-depth insight into the process and the best strategies according to your unique circumstances. We will let you know what to expect and explain steps to increase your chances of success. If hiring a lawyer doesn’t fit into your budget, we also offer payment options to make our skilled legal representation affordable to you. Call us today to learn more and begin the expungement process. 

Step 2: Complete Forms

The paperwork required for expungement in Torrance can take up a lot of your time, and it’s also confusing without the right expertise to guide you. With our help, you won’t have to figure out what form to fill out or how. Instead, we make sure you understand in straightforward terms. Your attorney will fill out the required paperwork and submit it on time. If necessary, we will also complete additional forms to request the court release you from probation or reduce a felony to a misdemeanor. When you retain our legal services, we work hard to ensure your expungement is successful, so you receive a fresh start. 

Step 3: File for Expungement

Filing for expungement requires close attention to deadlines. Therefore, you need a lawyer who is always prepared, and you should never have to worry about the court denying your expungement due to a missed deadline. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case with some defense lawyers. However, with Wallin & Klarich representing your case, you are guaranteed the consideration and attention you deserve. We’ll file your paperwork in a timely manner well before the deadline.

Step 4: Preparing for Court

You must prepare for your expungement hearing in Torrance. With our help, doing so is a straightforward process. After reviewing your case, we’ll determine any additional documentation needed to help convince the court to approve your expungement. Once we gather all the evidence, we’ll select the best strategy to account for any weaknesses, such as recent charges or probation violations you’ve received. Some of the evidence our attorneys will use to support your expungement includes: 

  • School transcripts
  • Job training records
  • Occupational history
  • Records of your volunteer work 
  • Letters from school officials, charity officials, employers, probation officers, etc. 
  • Documentation from counseling or rehab programs

What If Your Expungement Is Denied? 

If the court refuses to grant your expungement, we will clarify the reasoning behind the judge’s decision. Then, we immediately prepare to refile on your behalf by addressing any issues in the previous case, such as gathering additional paperwork. We remain dedicated to helping you achieve success. We’ve helped many clients regain their credibility and reputation. Contact us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL to discuss your options for expungement in Torrance, California. 

Hiring A Skilled Expungement Attorney | How We Can Help You

You don’t settle for an average lawyer with your future at stake. Instead, you hire an experienced attorney with the knowledge to protect your rights. At Wallin & Klarich, we believe everyone deserves excellent legal representation. Choosing the right expungement lawyer requires careful consideration of many factors. Four key aspects quickly set skilled law firms apart from the rest:  

  1. Commitment to clients
  2. Integrity in action 
  3. Legal expertise 
  4. Community respect 

Our Commitment To You | The Wallin & Klarich Difference 

At Wallin & Klarich, we are committed to our clients. When you trust us with your case, we never take it lightly because we understand your life’s hanging in the balance. We set aside time to go over what to expect and any new developments in your case, so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Our attorneys treat you with integrity, starting with an honest, genuine conversation between us. We’re upfront with all our fees from the very beginning, and we examine your case thoroughly. To ensure your questions and concerns never go unheard, we return your phone calls and emails within 24 hours and keep an on-call criminal defense lawyer for after-hours legal emergencies. Most importantly, we guarantee a judgment-free environment for you and your loved ones.

Wallin & Klarich | Unparalleled Legal Expertise

Torrance Expungement Defense Attorney

Our 40+ years of experience sets us apart from the crowd of defense lawyers. We’ve helped numerous clients seeking expungements in Torrance, delivering exceptional results. Some of our clients came to us after attempting to understand the complex expungement laws on their own. Our attorneys walked them through each step of the process and took the burden off their shoulders. 

By gathering all the facts of your rehabilitation and constructing a strong argument in your favor, we increase your chance of success. Plus, we have the added advantage of knowing the techniques of local prosecutors and the personalities of judges in Torrance. Our passion for defending the unfairly accused is the driving force behind each of our attorneys at Wallin & Klarich. 

Discover how our experienced criminal defense attorneys can help you with your expungement in Torrance, CA. Contact us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free consultation with a highly-skilled attorney.

Respected & Recognized | Wallin & Klarich

The community recognizes the Wallin & Klarich name for our strong values and legal expertise. For over 40 years, we’ve built our powerful reputation by maintaining our integrity, valuing our relationships with clients, and consistently striving to redefine excellence. For more insight, check out our recent and past success in the courtroom. 


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