An Expungement Attorney can help you clean your criminal record. In California, an expungement is the process of clearing your criminal record through the court system. When you file for an expungement, you are asking the court to expunge your record. It requires filing form CR-180 Petition for Dismissal; and CR-181 Order for Dismissal. Not only do you have to pay a filing fee; but in some courts, you are required to serve (give notice) the District Attorney’s office. Once filed, this reopens your criminal case or cases, withdraws the plea or guilty verdict, dismiss the charges, and re-close the case without a record of conviction. It gets rid off your conviction; but the record of the case will exist. However, the record will show Dismissed in the “Interest of Justice,” or “IOJ” instead of a conviction.
Most convictions can be dismissed, with the exception of serious vehicle violations or sexual offenses against minors. Expungement is limited to a misdemeanor or felony conviction that could have been charged as a misdemeanor (wobblers). In addition, your sentence had to be in county jail, or probation, or a fine, or a combination of all.
There are several types of Expungements. Not all cases are the same. At times, your friends or a family members, who mean well, tell you that you do or do not qualify for an expungement. Don’t lose faith, it is best to get legal advice from an Expungement Attorney. Our office can review your criminal record and help you determine if you are a good candidate for an Expungement. Your record can be expunged as a matter of law or based on the interest of justice if the case is old enough.
At Burga Law Firm PC, we have assisted many clients with getting their records expunged. Don’t try to do it yourself. Let us help you do the same for you. Give us a call. We can help you in the counties of San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, and Orange.