Expungement is the process of sealing legal records so that they cannot be accessed by either state or Federal repositories. There are many reasons to expunge a record. A person could have been convicted as an accessory to a crime, been in the wrong place at the wrong time, or parents may not realize the damage that a juvenile record could do to their child and allow the child to “take his just punishment”.
A criminal conviction can affect you for the rest of your life. You can be barred from careers in education, health care, public safety or law, or even the military. In addition, a criminal conviction can affect your chances of receiving financial aid, and any professional licensing organization will have access to your record as well, and people with criminal convictions may also be barred from holding a passport. In addition, landlords may check your background and refuse to rent to you based on your criminal history.
If you have a criminal conviction that is keeping you from moving forward in life, it may be in your best interest to talk to us about having it expunged from your record. Although any convictions must be reported to licensing agencies, expunging them often helps to argue your case before the licensing board and receive the license to practice your chosen profession, as it is considered a positive step toward rehabilitation and character development.
The expert attorneys at Kosnett Law Firm have a proven track record when it comes to helping clients remove past mistakes from their record and move on with their lives. We believe that a single mistake should not define you for the rest of your life, and we will use our expertise to help you make it happen.
In California, having a record expunged is referred to as dismissal, because the conviction is dismissed from your record, and it is as though it never happened. Your record will reflect that the conviction was dismissed, and you do not have to disclose the conviction to professional licensing agencies, landlords or potential employers. The exception to this rule would be for jobs in law enforcement, or where it would be necessary to possess firearms.
Convictions that are eligible for expungement include serving county jail time, being convicted of a misdemeanor or convictions that resulted in a fine. Convictions that involve crimes against a minor cannot be expunged from your record, nor are those that resulted in transfer to the California Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections, or to the state prison.
Having a criminal record can complicate the rest of your life, and clearing your name can be difficult. Call or contact our law offices today for a free consultation to discuss your situation, and what can possibly be done. At Kosnett Law Firm, we believe that a single mistake should not define the rest of your life. Let us give you a second chance at a new start today.
At Kosnett Law Firm, we understand that a criminal charge can ruin a person’s life. It puts your career and wealth at risk. We try our best to ensure that our clients’ rights are not violated. When you are facing a serious criminal charge, you need nothing but the best legal defense.
Don’t wait until charges are filed against you. A competent attorney will be able to intervene and get the charges reduced or dismissed altogether during the investigatory phase. We prefer to have one-on-one discussions with our clients as this allows us to evaluate your case thoroughly and to find an appropriate course of action. Our first priority is to ensure that our clients get the verdict they want. We won’t back down even if there are strong evidences against you. We understand that sometimes circumstances can create evidences against innocent people as well. We will utilize our resources and experience to protect you from a conviction – It is our promise.
A criminal conviction will destroy your relationships and career. It will lead to imprisonment and other penalties, including fines.
It is imperative that you hire a legal team that has the skills, knowledge, and experience required to defend you against the charges. We will investigate the circumstances surrounding your case so that we can build a powerful defense. Remember that when it comes to a criminal case, the right attorney makes all the difference. If you have a competent advocate on your side, your chances of success are high. Every person who faces a criminal charge has the constitutional right to legal counsel. You can trust our team to provide dedicated and exceptional legal defense to protect your interests.
Facing a criminal charge can be a stressful experience. You need experienced legal representation to sail through this tough phase.
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