This is a process where a person's conviction may be removed from their record.
Some of the collateral consequences of convictions (such as sex offender registration and the prohibition against carrying a firearm) are sometimes not removed by an expungement. Each case and each Penal Code section is different.
The ultimate goal of an expungement is the permanent clearing of your criminal record. Expunging your criminal record can make it possible to gain employment that would otherwise be unavailable to you.
A lesser goal is to "seal" your record, which makes it inaccessible to private citizens (such as employers who conduct background checks).
Expungement laws vary greatly from state to state and depend on both the type of crime and the length of time since your conviction. Call us at (800) 459-2500 to learn whether you qualify for an expungement.