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What Crimes Can Be Expunged?

We live in a digital age, where many things are accessible online. Unfortunately, this includes criminal records, which include a record of arrests and convictions. These records are available to employers, state license boards, and, essentially, any member of the public.

If you’ve been convicted of a crime, it will leave a lasting stain on your record, which could negatively impact:

  • Employment
  • Child custody
  • Insurance premiums
  • Housing opportunities
  • Obtaining a state license

Working with an attorney to expunge your record will effectively seal your record, meaning your conviction will no longer be accessible to the public—allowing you to remove the stain and move forward with a fresh start.

What Crimes Qualify for Expungement?

While expungement is a great opportunity to start over, not every crime qualifies.

Under California Penal Code 1203.4 PC, an individual is eligible for expungement if they were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense, and they:

  • Successfully completed misdemeanor or felony probation
  • Are not currently charged with a crime
  • Are not currently serving probation for a crime
  • Are not currently serving a sentence for a crime

It’s important to note that f you were sent to California State Prison at the time of judgment or due to violating probation, you do not qualify for expungement.

Additionally, there are specific sex crimes against children that are ineligible for expungement, which includes:

  • Sodomy
  • Lewd acts
  • Oral copulation
  • Statutory rape

How to Start the Expungement Process

Working with an experienced San Bernardino criminal defense attorney will give you a better understanding of where to start the expungement process, and whether or not your past conviction applies.

At the Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald, we work around the clock to help ensure the best possible outcomes for our clients. We understand the lasting impact that a mistake can have on your future, and we want to do everything in our power to help you move forward.

Call our team today (909) 443-1599 to learn more about how we can help clear your record and turn over a new leaf.