A criminal record can have a serious impact on your life, particularly when it comes to employment. With the job market as competitive as it is, having even a minor criminal offense on your record could put you out of the running for a job.
At the same time, criminal convictions can have a lot of other negative consequences. You might be prohibited from travelling to Canada or getting certain professional licenses. In fact, certain convictions have life altering consequences such as losing the ability to own a firearm or being forced to register as a sex-offender.
At the Law Offices of Valencia, Ippolito & Bowman, our lawyers have more than 70 years of combined experience in the field of Post-Conviction relief. We have experience in everything from simple record clearances and expungements to very complicated processes like handling a Governor’s Pardons or seeking a Certificate of Rehabilitation.
Expungement and Record Sealing
At VIB Law, we know the various options available to help your background check come up clean. We offer a free consultation to explore which option works best for your individual situation.
What happens to my record when I do a “record clearance” or “expungement?”
In California, when you expunge your record, your plea of guilty or no-contest is set aside by a judge. A new plea of “not guilty” is entered into the record and the the judge will then dismiss your case.
A person whose conviction is expunged can lawfully answer “no” if asked whether he or she has been convicted of a crime. Also, the California Code of Regulations says an employer cannot even ask a job applicant about an expunged misdemeanor conviction. An employer may still inquire about an expunged felony conviction.