Helping Clients Clean Up Their California Criminal Records
A criminal record can have long-term consequences, making it difficult for you to obtain employment, loans, government benefits and security clearances. The good news is that, in many cases, criminal records can be amended to eliminate or reduce these disadvantages.
At The Law Office of Charles B. Smith, in addition to defending clients against criminal charges, we assist with the expungement, sealing and reduction of California criminal records. We believe everyone deserves a second chance, and we work hard to get results for our clients.
Exploring All Possible Options for Dealing With Past Convictions
San Mateo expungement attorney Charles B. Smith is a former police officer and former prosecutor with more than 25 years of experience in California's criminal justice system. Our firm can help you explore all of your criminal record options, including the following:
- Expungement: Once you have completed your sentence for an offense, it may be possible to get it expunged (permanently removed) from your criminal record.
- Record-sealing: Even if you cannot get a conviction formally expunged, it may be possible to get your record sealed so it will not show up on employer background checks.
- Reduction: If you have a felony conviction on your record and you are not eligible for expungement, it may be possible to get the conviction reduced to a misdemeanor.
All of these procedures are within the discretion of the court. We will document what you have been doing since your conviction, your compliance with procedures like probation, and other factors in order to make a case that it is in the interest of justice that your record be amended.
Call a San Francisco Record-Sealing Lawyer at 650-425-7703
If you need help getting a conviction expunged from your criminal record or sealed for employment purposes, call us at 650-425-7703 or e-mail us to schedule a free consultation. We accept credit cards, are available outside of regular business hours, and regularly visit our clients who are in jail.