How to Expunge an Arrest Record

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Expungement (also known as sealing a criminal record) is a court process that allows to clear references to a prior arrest and criminal conviction. Generally speaking, it means that after expungement a person has never been arrested or convicted of a crime.

A record of an arrest or conviction can follow any person for the whole life. In different applications where a person looks for some jobs, schools, military services or licenses, it is always required to mention whether there is a criminal record or not. Mostly, if there is an arrest or conviction record, it is unlikely that the person will be selected for a applied job or allowed to get a license.
First of all, you should deliver all documents to your attorney who will decide the eligibility of your requirements. In general, the proceeding depends on the location of your jurisdiction. If the eligibility is positive, there are 2 possible outcomes:
a) The judge will sign presented documents over your case without court hearing and, in consequence, you will be expunged,
b) The judge will decide to have a court hearing and the decision will be rendered after it.

It should be taken into consideration that some crimes are not eligible for this action, i.e., rape or lewd with a child. In addition, it is required to file a petition to the Court and mention that you are looking for expungement and sealing your arrest record. Also it should be noted that it is forbidden to expunge persons who have not paid their all fines and restitutions stated by the court as well as for persons who have been accused of a crime or are on probation for any other crime.


The Margarian Law Firm aggressively protects the rights of criminal defendants in California. We are a client-centered professional expungement law firm, not a mass-market expungement mill. When our law firm accepts your California criminal case, you can put your mind at ease. We handle every aspect of your case, from the very start through the very last court hearing, all for a flat fee agreed upon before we begin.

You may file your request online, by telephone or by mail. 818-553-1000

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