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It is estimated that nearly 10% of the population in the United States has felony convictions on their records. In most cases, those crimes were committed many years ago, and most have rehabilitated their lives for the better. Unfortunately, even if you are decades removed from committing a crime, it can still have negative effects that reverberate throughout many aspects of your life. For some, there is a way to have your record (and name) cleared through the expungement process. An expungement in California can be a game-changer that opens new doors for you and your family. If you have a felony conviction on your record and you are ready to have it cleared, Expunge America has got you covered. Complete our easy online form or give us a call at (844) 204-7222 to speak with our experienced staff today.

How a Felony Impacts Your Life

As you may know, felony convictions can have a lasting impact on your life. You must serve the punishment issued by the criminal justice system, whether it’s jail time, probation, restitution, or court costs. After you have “paid your debt to society,” there are other ancillary effects of a felony conviction like loss of civil rights, the right to own a firearm, driving priveledges, and more. 

Furthermore, for most convicted felons, it becomes perpetually difficult to find adequate housing and/or work opportunities with a felony on their record. It can also limit your ability to pursue certain educational opportunities or even get a loan. This is why many have turned to the services of an expungement attorney in Los Angeles. 

How Useful is an Expungement?

An expungement can be life-changing for a person that has experienced life with a felony conviction on their record. 

After your record has been expunged, you no longer have to answer ‘yes’ when asked if you have ever been convicted of a felony, unless you are applying for certain professional licenses or government jobs. 

Furthermore, when background checks are completed, your record no longer reflects a felony conviction. Instead, it will show that your case was dismissed. This is monumental. It effectively stops potential employers, loan officers, and housing agents from discriminating against you for a crime committed in the past. Many compare an expungement in California to a new lease on life. 

Will a Felony No Longer Show Up on a Background Check

That is correct. 

When your felony conviction has been expunged, you no longer have to worry about it showing up on public records. It can take a few months for all state and national records to be updated; however, it should be noted that some government agencies will still have access to your felony conviction. However, when you are applying for jobs, housing, loans, or anything that requires a background check. your record will now reflect that your case has been dismissed. 

Who Can Expunge a Felony?

Everyone is not eligible for their felony conviction to be expunged. If your particular charge falls within the guidelines of expungement in California, there are still other criteria that must be met in order to be eligible. You are likely eligible for expungement if you fit the following criteria (but not limited to):

  • You are not facing current criminal charges or serving a jail sentence
  • You did not serve your sentence in a California state prison
  • Your probation (and other ordered requirements have been successfully completed (or terminated early)
  • All ordered fines and restitution have been paid
  • You were charged in a state court (not federal)
  • You have not been charged with other crimes since your felony conviction 

What Felonies Can Be Expunged?

In general, only felony convictions that could have been charged as a misdemeanor (“wobbler crimes”) are eligible for expungement. If you are not sure if your conviction is considered a “wobbler,” it is recommended that you contact a knowledgeable expungement lawyer to discuss your case. 

Which Felonies are Not Eligible for Expungement

Many felonies in California are not eligible for expungement. If you meet any of the following criteria, you may not be eligible to have your felony conviction expunged. 

  • You were convicted of a felony in a federal court
  • You served time in state prison as a result of the felony conviction
  • Certain sex offenses (especially those that involve children)

How to File a Felony Expungement in California?

The State of California has strict guidelines concerning expungement. Filing a for an expungement in California will require you to take the following steps:

  1. Seek the counsel of an expungement attorney (recommended)
  2. Complete all required forms
  3. File for expungement with the courts 
  4. Prepare for your hearing with an expungement lawyer (recommended)
  5. Attend expungement hearing
  6. The judge will either approve or deny your petition
  7. If denied, you may have the opportunity to apply again six months from the time of denial 

Can I File for a Felony Expungement Without a Lawyer?

In short, yes. 

You absolutely have the right to file for a felony expungement without the help of an expungement attorney. 

However, this is not recommended. The expungement process can be very complex and incorrectly filling out the forms, not meeting all requirements, and misunderstanding the necessary requirements can all waste time and money. Furthermore, you greatly increase the odds of having your petition denied when you file alone. 

Working with an experienced expungement attorney in Los Angeles can significantly increase your chances of successfully expunging your felony conviction. 

Get a Felony Expungement Online

Are you tired of the stigma and negative consequences attached to having a felony conviction on your record? If you are, it may be time to consider having it cleared. Whether you need a California DUI expungement attorney, or you have questions about your specific felony conviction, our team of attorneys are ready to help. We have helped to clear more than 24,000 records and plan on helping thousands more enjoy a second chance. 
At ExpungeAmerica, we are confident that we will clear your record. So confident that we offer a money-back guarantee. You paid your debt to society, and now it’s time for your record to reflect that. If you are ready to move forward with your life and leave your conviction in the past, fill out our easy online form and let us take care of the rest.