Debra has witnessed first-hand good people making bad decisions. She believes that past lapses of judgment should not haunt you and follow you the rest of your life. Everyone deserves a second chance. Everyone.
It is important that you understand that unless your crime was committed as a juvenile, an expungement does not “erase” or make your criminal record disappear. If we are successful in persuading the judge to expunge your criminal record, the conviction will still appear on your record, but instead will read “Dismissed” or similar terms.
Generally, in California, in order to be eligible for an expungement, you must meet three criteria:
1) You must successfully complete probation (i.e., you must not be currently serving probation).
2) You must not be charged with another crime.
3) Most importantly, you must be convicted of a misdemeanor or a “wobbler” (i.e., a felony charge that can be reduced to a misdemeanor).
1) Secure a complete copy of your criminal record/printout from the Clerk of the Criminal Court in the county where you were charged so you can clearly understand that nature of the convicted charges and whether they qualify for an expungement.
2) If you were initially represented by a Public Defender, contact their office to determine if they can also assist you in filing an expungement on your behalf.
Debra charges a flat fee ranging from $1500 to $2500 depending on the type of convicted charges.
Frankly, a very small part of Debra’s law practice is devoted to expungements. Her primary emphasis is personal injury law. However, she does represent individuals who wish to get their criminal records expunged (limited to Sonoma, Marin, and Lake County only). Call Debra for a free 15-minute consultation at (707) 526-7200.