Attorney Diego E. Ortiz is a criminal defense lawyer serving the area around Oakland, CA. Licensed to practice in State and Federal Courts and in the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, he represents clients charged with every level of crime.
If you have been convicted of an infraction or crime, that conviction will go on your criminal record and possibly your driving record. This could cause your insurance to go up,and it may be difficult to find a job. If your conviction is a felony, you will not be allowed to possess a firearm.
It’s not too Late
Just because you have been convicted of a charge or infraction does not mean that it will remain on your record forever. The State has enacted laws so that in certain circumstances, you can file a petition to have your record expunged, or erased.
Even if you are allowed to get the expungement, there are still several restrictions. For instance, if you lost a professional license because of a felony an expungement probably won’t allow you to get it back. Sometimes it is not possible to get gun privileges back.
However, an expungement does help many people. Alameda & Contra Costa Attorney Diego E. Ortiz will help you decide if it would be best for you based on your criminal history and background.
What you can Expect
You may be required to have a formal hearing. The Prosecutor has the right to object to your expungement,but doesn’t have many legal grounds to do so.
If you do decide to file to expunge your record, you may not be trying to have the entire record erased. Sometimes it will improve your life simply to win a petition to change your felony conviction to a misdemeanor conviction.
Expungement laws in California are complicated and they have changed a lot over the years. You need the advice of a competent attorney to make sure the process is done correctly.If done incorrectly,there could be a permanent effect on your ability to get an expungement.
If you are thinking about getting an expungement now or later, call The Law Offices of Diego E. Ortiz. He will discuss your case with you for free and let you know your choices.