Expungement of Criminal Records
An expungement relieves a person of the penalties and disabilities that result from a criminal conviction. We can also reduce certain felony convictions to a misdemeanor and reduce the effects of a criminal conviction.
You are eligible to have your case expunged IF: You were granted probation and have fulfilled all of the conditions of your sentence and the period of probation has expired. If your probation has not expired, you will have to apply for early termination of your probation. You are also eligible if you were not granted probation and one year has passed since you were sentenced. Additionally, you are not currently charged with a new offense, and you are not on probation or serving a sentence on any case.
Expungement allows you to answer certain questions concerning arrest and convictions by stating that the case was dismissed, EXCEPT, direct questions contained in any questionnaire or application for public office, or when obtaining a license from any state or local agency, or when contracting with the California State Lottery. An expungement does not seal your record nor is it removed from your Criminal History Information. If, at a later time, you are charged with a prior able offense (one that has a more severe penalty for a second or a subsequent conviction), this conviction can still be alleged as a prior conviction.