California Criminal Expungement Articles
Below you will find an array of articles that discuss different aspects of the expungement laws in California.
"Wet" reckless has become extremely commonplace in many alcohol related driving cases these days. In this article we explain the difference between a "wet" reckless charge and a DUI charge.
There are a lot of private databases out there that charge you for incomplete information and half truths. The only way to obtain your official California criminal record is from the California Department of Justice. Find out how.
In the state of California felony "wobbler" offenses can be reduced to a misdemeanor under particular circumstances. This process can restore many of the rights that are taken away with a felony conviction. In this article we explain exactly what a PC 17(b) felony reduction is and the eligibility requirements.
As the court systems become more and more backed up, and our jails continue to overflow with inmates, diversion has become a very popular alternative to traditional sentencing practices. In this article we explain what diversion is and how it effects your permanent criminal record.
The legal term "crime of moral turpitude" is used in many laws, yet there is no standard definition for what the term actually means. This legal term is especially important in WIC 781 juvenile record sealing cases, as a conviction of a crime of moral turpitude as an adult will preclude you from sealing your juvenile record. In this article we explain what a crime of moral turpitude is.
There are particular juvenile crimes listed in WIC 707(b) that cannot we sealed under WIC 781. These are all considered serious juvenile crimes. We provide a list of all crimes listed in WIC 707(b) for your reference.
Did you know that many felony convictions can be reduced to a misdemeanor under PC 17(b) before we expunge them? These type of felonies are known as "wobblers."
The most common question we hear is regarding the difference between PC 1203.4 and PC 1203.4a.
We often hear of the horror stories of people that attempted to expunge a conviction on their own, and/or signed up with a budget non-attorney website. In this article we provide details on why exactly an expungement attorney is important for your expungement process, and the pitfalls of choosing not to hire an attorney.
This article provides a complete overview of the expungement process in California, including the step by step process, eligibility requirements, benefits, and misperceptions about expungement in California.
For most people the reason they decide to expunge a conviction is so that (a) their criminal record will be clean, and (b) so that they can honestly state they have not been convicted of a crime. Thus, a very common question revolves around exactly when you must disclose an expunged conviction. This article details when you do and do not have to disclose an expunged conviction.