Based in Lakewood, California, the Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC helps clients seal their criminal records through the process of expungement. A clean criminal record is often essential to obtaining a visa or U.S. citizenship, as well as receiving greater employment and promotion opportunities. As part of our immigration practice, we frequently use expungement to increase the likelihood of that our clients may successfully move through the naturalization process.
Understanding the Benefits of Expungement
Expungement is the process whereby a criminal record is isolated and extracted so that it is no longer publicly available. For minor crimes, or those not involving a sentence in state prison, a petition for expungement is filed in civil court to have the conviction dismissed. For crimes involving a prison sentence, a petition for a Certificate of Rehabilitation is issued by the courts and filed with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Once a record is expunged, you may state on most employment applications and other official forms, such as green card and visa petitions, that you have not been arrested or convicted of a crime, thereby making it as if the arrest or crime never happened.
Employers can generally access their employees' or potential employees' criminal records at any time, making a clean criminal record an undeniable asset whether you are looking for employment or are currently employed and seeking advancement. With certain restrictions, California allows for the expungement of a wide range of offenses, including:
- Misdemeanor expungement - Once the record of a misdemeanor is expunged, the information will no longer appear on your record, except in limited circumstances.
- Non-violent felony expungement - Only non-violent felonies may be expunged; those that cannot be cleared from your record include sex crimes, murder, manslaughter, arson, robbery, crimes against children, and some other violent crimes.
- Arrest Record Expungement - If you were arrested in California and you were acquitted or the charges were dismissed, you may be eligible for arrest record expungement.
- Drug Offender Expungement - Certain drug offenses are eligible for expungement, ensuring that they will not appear on subsequent background checks.
Although attorneys and judges in the criminal courts often advise defendants that the charges to which they plead guilty can be expunged, there is no automatic expungement in California. Our attorneys can help you assess your record, determine your eligibility for expungement, and file the relevant petitions on your behalf.
Seek Experienced, Compassionate Representation
We understand that it is frustrating when an unfortunate event in your past, which no longer reflects your attitude or character, limits your options or hinders your progress in life. Through the process of expungement, our attorneys can help you prevent poor past decisions from affecting your future. If you may benefit from sealing your criminal record, please contact the Law Offices of Dennis R. Fusi, PLC for a free initial consultation. Se habla español.