Although it has always been important, post-conviction relief is increasingly important nowadays when a wealth of information is always at our fingertips through the Internet.
A Brighter Future
While some methods of post-conviction relief will completely erase a conviction, others may change whether it appears a misdemeanor or felony.
What Can an Expungement Do For Me?
The most common type of post-conviction relief is expungement. An expungement does not remove a conviction, but affects the ability of the public to view a public record with the conviction information on it. This action may only be considered after the probation has been completed. Other types of post-conviction relief include vacating a judgment, vacating a plea or withdrawing a plea.
Clearing a criminal record may help open doors to employment opportunities, professional licenses, immigration opportunities and housing that previous convictions may have limited.
What Can You Do If I Have Violated My Probation?
We understand that sometimes a probation is violated for something as simple as missing your monthly check-in appointment. While this is obviously frowned upon by the courts, sometimes there are perfectly understandable reasons for a violation. Just like when your original case was brought before court, it is IMPERATIVE to seek the council of Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys who truly care and will fight on your behalf.
What is a Certificate of Rehabilitation?
In some cases, you may be able to obtain a certificate of rehabilitation, which is an official document stating that you have been rehabilitated from an earlier criminal conviction and you are now a law-abiding citizen. In some instances, you may be able to obtain one and end the requirement to register as a sex offender. Although it doesn’t erase your record, obtaining a certificate of rehabilitation could be a life-changing action, giving you the ability to move on and opening new doors of opportunities.
What is the Next Step?
It is in your best interest to seek out a California criminal defense attorney who is skilled about obtaining post-conviction relief and who can review the charges to determine if a reduction of charges or an expungment is possible and likely in your case. Call the The Cross Law Firm today for an immediate consultation with an aggressive, experienced and dedicated lawyer about your case.
Our southern California criminal defense attorneys specialize in cases across southern California, including those in Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Diego County, Santa Barbara County, Riverside County or San Bernardino County. Call us now for a free, initial consultation.