How to Get Shoplifting Record Expunged

expungue a shoplifitng conviction

Many people want to get expungement in order to have a clear criminal record when they apply for a job.

The law allows to say that the person has never been arrested or convicted, if the record is expunged. However, it is stated that in some cases the applicant should mention that he/she has prior arrests or convictions while the job application refers to a law enforcement agency.

It is possible to expunge a shoplifting (California Penal Code484 PC, 488 PC, 490 PC) conviction by filing a petition to the court and requiring an expungement.

A person often can be convicted of a shoplifting when quite young. It can be something done under the influence of the moment and it will make obstacles for all life. Actually, expungement allows to get free of this mistakes. In order to get your shoplifting or petty theft expungement you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Get a copy of the criminal record. You can obtain it in Department of Justice or in the superior court of the county where the person was charged.
  2. 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.
  3. Complete and file the forms necessary for the expungement. There is PC 1203.4 form which allows you to represent your documents to the court. In addition, it is possible to attach any file proving that the new conduct of the offender is not any more dangerous ( i.e., reference letters, rehabilitation documents and so on).
  4. Attend a court hearing.
  5. Publishing the court decision. It will be mailed to you. In case of a negative decision, it is also possible to contact the court clerk to get to know whether there are some circumstances for the denial which can be corrected in short terms. If yes, you should deliver again all papers to the court again using the same process.


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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