Are there assistance programs to help you get an expungement? 10 Answers as of July 11, 2013

Are there assistance programs to help you get an expungement?

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Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux
Law Offices of Scott Tibbedeaux | Scott Tibbedeaux
Yes, the California Courts have a Self-Help Center and under "Clean Up Your Criminal Record."
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/19/2011
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
Yes. You can either hire an attorney to file the expungement for you or you can do it yourself. Many courts have a 'self help' section on their website that explains the process.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/13/2011
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation
Wallin & Klarich: A Law Corporation | Paul Wallin
If you mean are their law firms that will help you prepare the paperwork in order to obtain an expungement the answer is YES. The legal fees that law firms charge to prepare and file an expungement on your behalf will vary from law office to law office. The fees that are charged range from about $500 to $1000 in order to do this for you. I am not aware of any place where you can have the forms completed for free. There is also a 120 dollar filing fee when you file the petition per Penal Code Section 1203.4
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
No. Either do your research and learn how to try it yourself, or hire an attorney to do it for you. It is not that expensive.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/12/2011
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
Not that I know of. The form is on line and rather easy to fill out.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/10/2013
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
    Perhaps the local public defender can assist you. You need to contact them.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/11/2011
    Law Offices of Jacek W. Lentz
    Law Offices of Jacek W. Lentz | Jacek W. Lentz
    See if the Public Defender's office will handle expungement requests. Call them and beg them if you have to. Some might do it, especially if they were the attorneys on the case to begin with. If the case was handled by a private lawyer they might be more reluctant to do so. Your second best option is to contact Legal Aid and see what kind of resources they have to walk you through the filing and serving the appropriate forms and declarations. You will have to do the work yourself but they will point you in the right direction. Best option is to hire a private lawyer who is honest and knows what he or she doing. If the attorney tells you it is going to be complicated process and it is going to cost $1,500 you should call some else. Expungements are not rocket science although they professional skill and attention and should ideally be handled by professional lawyers who know what they are doing. Note: sometimes expungements will not achieve the desired objective. For example, an expungement for the purpose of eliminating harsh negative immigration consequences will not work. You will definitely need a specialized lawyer to vacate or set the entire conviction, not just to "expunge" it.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/11/2011
    Law Office of Stephen Pearcy
    Law Office of Stephen Pearcy | Stephen Pearcy
    No, the only way is to do it yourself or with the help of an attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/10/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    No. You must hire a private attorney for expungements.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/10/2013
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    I handle these regularly, and actually had a felony conviction expunged this week in Van Nuys Court. There may be other assistance programs as well...what city are you in, and what court was your conviction in?
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/11/2013
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