Expungements are an Inexpensive Way to Bury Your Criminal Record
If you’ve been convicted of a crime, almost any background check will reveal your criminal history to your potential employer. If you want to travel, some countries – like our neighbors to the north will deny you entry for things as simple as a DUI. That’s right, Canada sends people back to the U.S. if they have a DUI on their record.
Are you looking to get promoted at work? Do you want to get a state license to be a contractor, realtor, nurse, teacher, or other career position? One of my clients just called me to say she was denied work because a background check turned up a misdemeanor trespassing case.
Expunging your conviction may just be the best money you could possibly spend. Talk about a big bang for your buck. If you expunge your conviction, employers are no longer able to access your criminal history from public records like a court website. When a case is expunged, the Department of Justice in Sacramento actually makes a change to your permanent criminal record to show that the case was dismissed under Penal Code Section 1203.4.
If you or someone you care about is suffering from an old or even a recent conviction, call an expert at post-conviction relief. Many felonies can be reduced to misdemeanors and expunged. Most misdemeanors can be expunged. Many infractions can be expunged. It’s a big help in any background check. It’s very affordable, and some counties aren’t even charging court filing fees as of January 1st of 2022.
The cost to do an expungement can vary greatly from one lawyer to the next. Call around and see who can get it done fastest and who is the best deal. An expungement shouldn’t break the bank, but it won’t be free. I normally expunge misdemeanors for fees as low as $500. Some cases take more work and require a greater fee. Felonies often cost more because court appearances are usually needed.
Call for a free quote: Attorney Jeffrey Vallens (818) 783 5700