If you have a criminal record, you know that past mistakes can haunt your
future. Criminal convictions may make it difficult for you to find employment
or apply for things like school, credit, or home loans. It can be damaging
to your reputation and produce barriers everywhere you turn. You know
firsthand how frustrating this can be, but did you know that there are
ways to clean up your record?
Thankfully, the criminal justice system recognizes that people with past
convictions deserve an opportunity for a fresh start. A past mistake that
you have learned from should not have the power to affect your entire
future. At Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners, we can help individuals
with past convictions clean up their criminal records so they can move
forward with greater opportunities.
What Are my Options for Cleaning Up my Record?
There are a few different ways that Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners
can assist clients in this matter. The following are four common methods
that we can use to clean up criminal records:
Expungement: Some felonies and most misdemeanors may be eligible for expungement,
which effectively sets aside a previous criminal conviction. Although
prosecution, arrest, and conviction records cannot be fully eliminated,
you will not have to admit that you have been convicted of a crime on
Reducing felonies to misdemeanors: Since the passage of California Proposition 47, individuals once convicted
of a non-violent or non-serious felony offense may be eligible for resentencing.
“Wobblers,” or crimes that can be punished as either a misdemeanor
or felony, may be able to be reduced to the less serious crime.
Factual innocence motion: You may be able to have your record of a wrongful arrest sealed and subsequently
destroyed if you can prove that there was no reasonable cause to believe
that you actually committed the crime you were accused of. The best time
to file a factual innocence motion is two years after an arrest or accusatory pleading.
Probation modification/termination: You may be eligible to have the terms of your probation changed or terminated
early. Individuals are typically eligible for early termination once they
have completed two-thirds to three-fourths of their sentence and met all
other requirements. Probation modification or termination can be the first
step toward an expungement.
Are you ready to free yourself of the past and
clean up your criminal record? Take the first step by calling Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners. With
over 70 years of combined experience in criminal defense, you can be confident
in our ability to protect your rights and safeguard your future.
For more information on how the
Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers at Stephen G. Rodriguez & Partners can help, please
call today to schedule your free consultation.