The upfront consequences of a criminal conviction are fairly obvious. Time spent behind bars takes away your sense of freedom, and high fines can sweep the legs out from under your finances. What many people usually do not prepare for are the long term consequences, or those not directly related to the sentence.
Unforeseen consequences of a criminal conviction record include:
If an arrest or a conviction is making your life more difficult than it should be, you may still be able to set things right again using expungement, or dismissal as it is sometimes called in California. When your record is expunged, the legal system will act as if it never happened, and so can you.
Do you think an expungement is what you need? Contact our Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense lawyers today for more information.
To be clear, an expungement is not a removal or dismissal of a sentence which you are currently serving; instead, it is used to clean up your record after you have completed your sentence. For example, if a potential employer asks if you have ever been arrested or convicted, you may legally say no if your record has been expunged. As virtually any mark on your record can be damaging to your reputation and future opportunities, it can be utilized in response to infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies.
You may be eligible for requesting expungement if you meet following criteria:
As unfair as it might seem, simply being arrested can put a noticeable stain on your reputation. People will often shy away from trusting or hiring someone who has been arrested, convicted or not. If you want to dismiss you arrest record, you will need to prove that you are factually innocent of the alleged crime. This means that you must establish that you should never have been arrested in the first place.
At The Law Offices of Kirk Tarman & Associates, our Rancho Cucamonga criminal defense attorneys believe that everyone deserves a chance at a happy life. If a criminal record is preventing you from finding stability and peace of mind, something should be done to correct it. When you come to us for help requesting an expungement, we want you to know that you can depend on us to give you honest and powerful representation that handles all the difficult steps of this process for you.
Call us today for a free initial consultation with our team!