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Expungements Can Open The Door To New Opportunities

A criminal conviction can have long-lasting effects on your personal and professional lives. A relatively minor offense such as drug possession or the theft of an inexpensive item can prevent you from obtaining a desired job, taking out a loan or finding housing even years after the event. Those convicted of more serious offenses will have even more trouble conducting these routine transactions.

Fortunately, it is possible to have criminal convictions "expunged," or wiped from your public record. Convictions are not completely wiped away from law enforcement records — a person granted an expungement is still obligated to mention such convictions if asked by a police officers during a future arrest — but a major benefit of an expungement is that your conviction will no longer appear on background checks and interfere with your job applications.

Expungement Is Possible For Persons Convicted Of Many Crimes

Applying for an expungement does not guarantee that the expungement will be granted, but it's important to understand it is possible to request the expungement of any criminal conviction, from misdemeanors like marijuana possession to serious felonies such as assault.

An expungement request has the best chances of success when the applicant has paid all relevant fines, served his full probation and not committed any additional crimes.

Expungements are possible for most crimes, but there are several important exceptions: crimes involving sex with minors, including statutory rape, cannot be expunged.

Get Aggressive Defense From An Experienced Lawyer

The attorneys at the Law Office of Matthew Hicks have the knowledge and experience to guide you through the legal system and help you make informed decisions as your case advances. We will stand up for your rights and work to minimize the disruption that criminal charges cause in your life.

To see how we can help in your criminal defense case, contact us online or call us at 714-598-3624 to schedule a free initial consultation in our Santa Ana, California, office.

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