California Misdemeanor Expungement
Being convicted of a misdemeanor in California does not just weigh on you mentally, but may also negatively affect your ability to secure employment in this tough job market, which in turn affects both you and your family's future. Fortunately there is relief available in California that allows you to forget about the past and to embrace your future. We are able to file a petition with the court on your behalf, asking the court to expunge your misdemeanor conviction. This petition, once granted by the court, will set aside your original misdemeanor conviction, meaning you will no longer be considered convicted of the misdemeanor crime in California. This will allow you to pursue employment opportunities with confidence, and to answer honestly that you have never been convicted of a crime in almost all situations moving forward in your life.
Our law firm specializes in California misdemeanor expungements, and we have successfully helped thousands of people forget their past. Our expertise in this area of law allows us not only to provide expedited specialized legal service, but to provide our misdemeanor expungement service at the absolute lowest fixed price anywhere (we have a low price guarantee). Your case will be handled by a knowledgeable expungement attorney from beginning to end, and we are so confident that we can get your misdemeanor expunged we offer a money back guarantee!
Unique Tailored Approach To Misdemeanor Expungement:
No two misdemeanor cases are identical, and it is critical that the attorney you hire actually spends the time to understand the unique details of your case. We pride ourselves on taking a unique tailored approach to your case, allowing us to identify the strongest arguments we can make to the court on your behalf. This unique tailored approach gives us the best chance at getting you a successful outcome in your misdemeanor expungement case, and has allowed us to win over 98% of our misdemeanor expungement cases overall, when no probation violations are present. Why would you settle for anything less?
Misdemeanor Expungement Experience You Can Trust:
We are the premier misdemeanor expungement law firm in California. Since 2010 we have successfully won thousands of expungement cases for our clients all over the state of California. We are not only one of the most experienced law firms in the field of expungement, but we are also one of the highest rated law firms when it comes to customer service and customer satisfaction. We have an A+ rating with the BBB, and we take great pride in providing our clients with impeccable customer service throughout the misdemeanor expungement process (Yelp - 5 Stars, TrustPilot - 5 Stars, Google - 5 Stars).
No Hidden Fees, No Games:
Beware of any law firm that has hidden fees on their misdemeanor expungement service (example: processing fees, hearing fees, etc.). If a law firm can't be honest and up front with you about their fees, how can you trust them with your case and your life? We are one of the only criminal expungement law firms in California that offers low fixed pricing, meaning you know what your misdemeanor expungement will cost up front. There will never be any hidden fees, games or surprises down the road with us. Our single low price covers everything from start to finish, period. NO HIDDEN FEES ever. The thing about hidden fees, is they seem to just keep popping up.
Open Communication. Always:
The most common complaint we hear from new clients is about the difficulty they often had in getting their previous attorney to return a call. We are different. We value open communication throughout the misdemeanor expungement process, and we will keep you up-to-date on the status of your misdemeanor expungement case throughout the process. We promise to always be prompt about replying to your emails and returning your phone calls. Furthermore, once you become a client you are given unique login credentials that allow you to login into your personal account on our website, wherein you can check the status of your case 24/7. We take your trust seriously, and we understand that open communication is a big part of a successful attorney client relationship.
Stress Free Misdemeanor Expungement Process:
We promise you a stress free expungement process. We handle everything for you from start to finish, meaning we draft all moving papers, serve all interested parties, deal directly with the District Attorney, and attend all hearings on your behalf. You are not required to attend the hearing with us in 99% of our cases. We know the specific requirements to successfully obtain a misdemeanor expungement with each courthouse in the state of California, which allows us to get your expungement done faster and more efficiently then other law firms that do not specialize in this area of law. Thus, once you hire us to handle your misdemeanor expungement case you can sit back and rest assured that you are in good hands.
Criminal Database Updating After Misdemeanor Expungement:
All criminal databases used for employment background checks, both private and public, will update automatically within 30 days after your misdemeanor expungement is complete. You should never pay a company, or a law firm, for any service that claims to "expedite" this updating process. Learn the truth, protect yourself here.
Expedited Misdemeanor Expungement Service:
We are able to expedite our misdemeanor expungement service in most counties, taking the average processing time from 6-12 weeks down to just 18-30 days for those that need to put their past behind them in a hurry. This expedited service, when available, is only an extra $399. Please call us if you are interested in this service to find out if expedited service is available in the county where your conviction took place.
Do You Have Multiple Cases You Need Expunged?
If you have multiple misdemeanor cases that you would like to expunge, please contact us for a free consultation. We will assess your situation, discuss your options and provide you with discounted pricing (our pricing goes down with each additional case we handle for you). Please call us toll-free at (800) 916-1228.
California Misdemeanor Expungement Summary:
Fortunately, in California our state legislature has decided that people deserve a fresh start after a misdemeanor conviction, if all probation and all sentence requirements have been successfully completed. California Penal Code 1203.4 allows a person with a misdemeanor conviction to petition the court to have them re-open the case, set aside the conviction and dismiss the case (i.e., to expunge the misdemeanor conviction from your record). This process reverses your original conviction, meaning you will no longer be considered convicted of the misdemeanor by the state of California, and your criminal record will be permanently changed to display a dismissal rather than a misdemeanor conviction. You can then answer "NO" on job and rental applications when asked if you have a criminal record, giving you increased marketability in a tough job market, wherein over 80% of employers conduct criminal backgrounds checks. Imagine the relief you will feel to finally put your mistakes behind you, allowing you to forget the past and to fully embrace the future.
If you have been convicted of a misdemeanor in the state of California your conviction is eligible for Penal Code 1203.4 misdemeanor expungement relief if you satisfy the following criteria:
- 1You were charged and convicted in state court, NOT federal court. If you are unsure, it is highly likely that your case took place in state court as a vast majority of criminal cases are state cases.
- 2Your sentence did not involve going to state prison. County jail and holding cells are NOT state prison.
- 3You have successfully completed probation, or if you were not given probation one year must pass since your conviction date. If you are still on probation there is still hope, check out our early termination of probation service.
- 4You must have satisfied all the requirements of your sentence (paid all fines and restitution, completed mandatory programs, community service, and classes, etc.).
- 5You are not currently being charged with another criminal offense, on probation for another criminal offense, or serving a sentence for another criminal offense.
We specialize in misdemeanor expungement law in the state of California, allowing us to provide you with knowledgeable and quick service. Our law firm specializes in getting California misdemeanors expunged from your record, and we have helped thousands of people clean up their records since 2010. The average misdemeanor expungement case takes 6 - 12 weeks, depending on the specific county of conviction. We handle everything for you from start to finish, and pride ourselves on providing you with top notch customer service throughout the process. Also because we specialize in misdemeanor expungements, and handle so many of them in California, we are able to offer our services at the lowest fixed prices anywhere online. These fixed prices mean that there are never any hidden or surprise costs for you down the road.
LOWEST PRICE GUARANTEE
Not only do we take great pride in providing our misdemeanor expungement clients with impeccable customer service, but we also take great pride in guaranteeing that our California misdemeanor expungement service is the lowest priced.
Benefits Of Misdemeanor Expungement In California:
Other then the mental relief one can experience with a misdemeanor expungement, there are many tangible benefits that a California misdemeanor expungement offers:
- 1Your expunged misdemeanor case will no longer show up on a typical employoer / landlord criminal background check.
- 2In almost all cases private employers cannot ask about a misdemeanor case that has been expunged, nor can a conviction that was dismissed be considered for employment purposes (check out our $3,000 Non-Discrimination Guarantee).
- 3You can truthfully and legally answer "NO" on almost all job applications when asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime.
- 4You can greatly increase your earning capacity by becoming eligible for more employment opportunities.
- 5You may become eligible for many types of professional licenses and certificates
- 6You may become eligible for student loans.
- 7You may become eligible for housing assistance.
- 8You can tell friends and family that you have not been convicted of a crime.
- 9You have the satisfaction of forgetting the past for good and moving forward into a more positive future.
Why It Is Important To Hire An Experienced Attorney
Hiring an experienced and knowledgeable attorney is essential to the success of your misdemeanor expungement case. Misdemeanor expungement law in California can be complex, and it is important that your case is analyzed by an experienced expungement attorney. We know the specific rules and requirements in every courthouse in the state of California, allowing us to quickly and efficiently move our expungement request through the court system. Also, the misdemeanor expungement process is often an adverserial process, wherein the District Attorney opposes our request. We have vast experience in providing persuasive arguments to all involved parties to get the expungement matter granted. Furthermore, a hearing is often required, and we will attend all hearings on your behalf. You are not required to attend the hearing with us in 99% of our misdemeanor expungement cases.
From the very first day you hire us to handle your misdemeanor expungement case, until the day the case has been resolved, we will be there for you every step of the way. Due to the fact that we specialize in California misdemeanor expungements, we are able to offer our legal services at the absolute lowest fixed prices, and back up our misdemeanor expungement service with our 100% money back guarantee.
- Analyze your unique case details
- Provide expert legal advice
- conduct necessary legal research
- provide an accurate assessment of your chances
- Prepare / gather supporting evidence
- prepare the motion
- file the motion with the appropriate court
- serVE prosecuting agency
- Pay all court costs
- Pay all filling fees
- Schedule the hearing
- Rospond to any D.A. opposition
- Attend required court hearing on your behalf
- Argue the case at hearing
- obtain a signed court order
- update the criminal databases
- Refile if necessary
- Case follow-up with you
- Help Prepare initial motion
The sooner you get started with your misdemeanor expungement, the sooner you can forget the past and embrace your future. Immediately following your sign up we will begin working on your case, applying our expertise to the unique details of your situation. Thank you for taking the time to consider our California misdemeanor expungment service. We truly look forward to helping you with your expungement needs.
David Huffman, Esq.
Founding Attorney, Fresh Start Law Center