If you have been convicted of a crime in the past, you have the absolute right to clear your criminal record and enjoy a “fresh start” without the baggage of a prior criminal record. A qualified criminal expungement lawyer can have your record cleared or “expunged” without you having to ever appear in court.
Criminal Records Expungement Lawyer Anthony A. Arzili has handled hundreds of expungements over the last decade and he brings that experience and knowledge to your particular situation. This means that no matter how difficult or complicated your particular expungement, Criminal Record Expungement Lawyer Anthony Arzili has seen it and has handled it. This is particularly important because many “do it yourself” expungement firms or websites that promise to handle your expungements may not provide you the PERSONAL PREPARATION AND ATTENTION of a QUALIFIED CRIMINAL RECORDS EXPUNGEMENT ATTORNEY.
From handling expungements for nearly a decade, we will list some of the most common questions and our answers. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free phone evaluation by the attorney.
- Job Applications/Promotions: Most persons want to acquire good jobs or move up in the present company and don’t want a criminal record holding them back.After you successfully expunge your record, you can legally answer “NO” to a question of whether you’ve ever been convicted of a crime.
- State Licensing Jobs. Some jobs that require state licenses require you to Expunge any prior convictions prior to admittance and granting of a license. For example, if you would like to get your real estate license and you have a prior conviction, it will help your situation if you expunge your record prior to your application. This will show that you are responsible enough to take care of your prior conviction and have it dismissed.
- Personal Pride. Most people that I’ve helped gain expungements tell me That they feel a weight lifted off their shoulders knowing that they’ve cleared something from their past.
- Immigration Applications. Although an expungement will not prevent the INS from learning about your conviction, it may help show that you’ve handled probation successfully and the court has rewarded you with an expungement.
Even if you expunge your record, an old conviction can be used to enhance the penalties in a new criminal case that you’ve picked up. Prosecutors can always use old cases to enhance penalties, whether they are expunged or not.
Also, an expungement does not return your right to possess firearms or relieve you of your duty to register as a sex offender for life pursuant to Penal Code Section 290.
The petition takes a lot of work and time but preparation is the key to winning these motions. The better the petition that you submit to the court, the better your chances for having your arrest record sealed.
If the motion is granted, the Judge orders that the law enforcement agency to seal its records of your arrest for 3 years and thereafter destroy all the records. The court also notifies the Department of Justice to remove the arrest from its records. The arrest then disappears from your record and can never be used against you.
The process for clearing your criminal records could take anywhere from 3-6 months, depending on the complexity of the issues.