If you are looking to expunge a California criminal record fast and with the guaranteed lowest price, you have come the right place. We have expunged more than 5,000 criminal records in California— in fact, we helped write and define California's expungement related laws. Best of all, our expungement comes with a money-back guarantee.
A clean criminal record is more important than ever. The chances are that anyone looking to get hired or promoted, to travel internationally or to rent housing will be subjected to a criminal background check. Even friends, coworkers and neighbors can look you up online and find your criminal record for just a few dollars. Fortunately for former offenders, many of them are eligible to have their California criminal record expunged.
We are California's undisputed expungement leader. The law firm with the most cases expunged, that is us. The one with the most published expungement related appeals, that is us. The law firm that can get background check companies to update their reports within 14 days of your record being expunged, that is us. The legal team that helped write California's expungement related laws, that is us, too.
Please take our free online evaluation to quickly and confidentially determine if you are eligible to expunge your misdemeanor conviction.
California Penal Code 1203.4 enables people who have been convicted of most infractions, misdemeanors and felonies to have their case reopened, the finding of guilt withdrawn and the case dismissed (expunged). Once expunged, the conviction is removed from their record and they can lawfully say they were never convicted, in all but three very limited circumstances.
To be eligible for California expungement, you must have completed probation (or wait one year on low-level misdemeanors or infractions where no probation is given), paid all fines and restitution, and not be facing any other charges or serving any other sentence. This means that cases that ended in parole are not eligible for expungement.
If you violated any terms of your probation, you can still expunge your California conviction. While successfully completing probation with no violations makes the expungement process run a bit more smoothly, we also have had great success expunging cases that involved a probation violation.
If you violated your probation, the court will schedule a hearing, at which time the court has discretion to determine whether you should be granted the relief. The judge in making that determination will consider: the seriousness of the offense, your entire criminal history, how you behaved while on probation, and evidence you submit to prove you deserve the expungement (includes needing the relief for a job opportunity, family obligations, strong community involvement or volunteer work).
Offenses that are not eligible for expungement in California include violations of section 42002.1 of the Vehicle Code, Penal Code section 286(c), section 288, 288a(c), 288.5, 289(j), section 311.1, 311.2, 311.3 and 311.11. Also, not eligible are any offense that end in parole or in state prison time (not to be confused with time in the county jail).
Convictions of Penal Code 288 prior to 1997 are eligible in some circumstances. Also, convictions for Penal Code section 311.1, 311.2, 311.3 and 311.11 prior to 2012 (the year the law changed) should be eligible, but will likely require additional work and expense. Please call us to discuss such a case.
Once you sign up, we assign one of our expert lawyers to your case, conduct the research, prepare any evidence that is needed, file the motion and other paperwork with the court, respond to any opposition from the district attorney's office and attend any court hearings to argue your case to the judge.
Our expert expungement lawyers will go to court and fight for your expungement. Only in very rare cases will you have to come to court too. In fact, less than 2% of our California expungement cases require that the client come to court. Expungement hearings typically require hours of waiting court and then about 10 to 15 minutes for the hearing and entering of orders. Expungement hearings, like most motions, are much more informal that trials.
If the expungement is granted, the judge will sign a court order that changes your plea to not guilty and dismisses the case. You will receive a copy of this order for your records. The court will instruct other government agencies to update their records. Private sector background check companies will be updated when they do their periodic updates, which are usually done once a year.
However, if you would like us to proactively notify background check companies and thereby reduce the chances that your expunged record will appear on a private sector background check, see our optional Expedited Record Clearance Update service.
All infractions are eligible for expungement in California. Like other offenses, the person must have paid all fines, completed the sentence and not be serving any other sentence or facing any new charges. If probation was not given, then the defendant must also wait one year from the date of sentencing.
Infraction expungement, which is done pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4a carries an additional benefit that is not provided to those who expunge misdemeanor or felony cases that involved probation. Once an infraction is expunged, the person can say they were not convicted in ALL circumstances. The three exceptions for felony and misdemeanor cases involving probation do not apply to infractions. So having an infraction expunged provides the greatest legal benefit possible under California expungement law.
Most felonies that did not result in a sentence that involved time being served in the California state prison system are eligible for expungement. We have expunged more than 1,000 felony cases in California. We can also reduce many felonies to a misdemeanor under section 17(b) of the California Penal Code. Once reduced, firearm rights are usually restored and the case is treated as a misdemeanor for all purposes. Having a felony expunged or reduced can provide life changing benefits.
Unfortunately, courts do not proactively notify private sector background check companies about expunged or sealed records. That is why we offer an optional service that goes beyond just clearing your record from government databases and web sites. With our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service, after your expungement is granted we will update the leading background check companies to reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days. If you do not take this step, it can be months and even years before these companies will update their information. The service even comes with a free background check from BackgroundChecks.com so that you can see that your background check was really updated.
California has a special expungement law (Penal Code Section 1170.9) for those who served probation for an offense that was caused by a mental health disorder or other disorder stemming from military service related trauma. See our article on this for more information.
We charge $350 for misdemeanor expungement cases, plus a $150 filing and processing fee. If the misdemeanor was an alcohol related driving offense, we charge $450, plus a filing fee.
Felony cases are $550. This includes having the felony reduced to a misdemeanor if you are eligible for a reduction. There is no extra charge for us to ask the court to reduce the felony to a misdemeanor prior to expungement.
The cost to have an infraction expunged is $250, plus a $150 filing and processing fee. Payment plans are available and we can start with a payment of just $49.
If there was a violation of any of the terms of probation, there is an additional charge of $200. Payment plans are available and we can start with a payment of just $50.
We do our best to keep our prices the lowest available, but if we missed something and you find a lower one, just let us know and we will be happy to match the price you found.
Having expunged more than 5,000 California records, we know how to get records expunged fast. We start working on the case as soon as you make your first payment. We also make sure your case gets cleared as fast as possible by doing several things. First, we start working on the case as soon as you make your first payment. Second, to help avoid mistakes that cause unnecessary delays, we have three people check the petition before it is filed with the court. Third, we always request and accept the first available hearing date. The typical case in California takes between two to four months, but times vary by court.
We have a success rate of over 97 percent for our California expungement cases. While each case is different, we are confident that if your case is eligible, we will determine the strengths and weaknesses of your case and put forth the best arguments in favor of expungement. If your case was from a long time ago, you have many positive accomplishments since your conviction or you are experiencing great hardship because of the criminal record, you have a better chance of success. We would be glad to discuss the facts of your case and give you an idea of what we think your specific chances of success would be.
While some cases are easier to get expunged than others, we are so confident in our ability to win even the toughest cases that we offer a money-back guarantee on our California expungement cases.*
We are the most trusted name in California expungement. Our attorneys have formerly served as prosecutors, district attorneys and judges. We have nearly 100 years of combined experience. There is no doubt that we have what it takes to get you the maximum amount of relief possible and at a process that works for your budget. We have done so for more than 13,000 others nationwide. Let us do it for you.
If you have particular questions about the benefits of expungement, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Our exclusive Expedited Record Clearance Update service allows us to have the leading background check companies reflect changes to your criminal record in less than 14 days, instead of months and even years like our competitors.
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* This price is for a misdemeanor conviction; an infraction expungement is $250 and a felony conviction expungement is $550. These prices do not include the flat Filing and Processing fee, which never exceeds $150. If you violated any of the terms of your probation, there is an additional charge of $200 due to the amount of increased work and hearings. Vehicle offenses, including DUIs, are $450. In some instances a report from the Department of Justice may need to be obtained. This may require you to be fingerprinted and to pay an additional approximate $25.
** 100% Money-Back Guarantee does not include the flat Filing and Processing Fee. There is a 50% money back guarantee for alcohol related driving offenses, including DUI convictions, and cases with a violation of the terms of probation.
Expunged a misdemeanor conviction for domestic violence that occurred in 2011 for a first time offender in Orange County.
Reduced and expunged a felony conviction for assault that occurred in 2008 for a first time offender with a probation violation in Los Angeles (Van Nuys Court)
Expunged two counts of misdemeanor theft that occurred in 2010 for a repeat offender in Santa Clara County (San Jose Court).
Expunged and reduced a felony conviction for forgery that occurred in 2002, with restitution owing, for a first time offender in San Bernardino.
Expunged a felony for possession with intent to distribute that occurred in 2004 for a repeat offender in Sacramento.
Reduced a felony for DUI that occurred in 2010 for a repeat offender in San Diego County (Vista Court).
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