California “Expungement” of State Convictions
CA EXPUNGEMENT—A GENERAL OVERVIEW
An expungement of a state conviction (also called a “dismissal”) is a way of cleaning up your record that limits the information that shows up in a background check and can relieve you of some of the consequences associated with your conviction.WHAT EXPUNGEMENT DOES:
- Prohibits information about the conviction from being included in some background checks;Releases you from most of the “penalties and disabilities” resulting from the conviction;Changes your record to show that the conviction was dismissed (but does NOT remove the offense from your official criminal record (RAP) entirely).
WHAT CONVICTIONS CAN BE EXPUNGED?
- A conviction may qualify for expungement if:You did NOT spend any time in prison for the offense; ANDYou completed any term of supervision for the offense; ANDYou are NOT currently charged with, serving a sentence for, or on a term of supervision for another offense.Note: Certain convictions are NEVER eligible for expungement.
HOW DO I GET AN EXPUNGEMENT?
- You must file a petition with the court;You may have a hearing where you will have to persuade a judge that you deserve an expungement;You may have to give the court documents that support your request, such as letters of support, school transcripts, and diplomas or certificates.
Cal. Penal Code § 1203.4. ↑