Can A Car Theft Conviction Be Expunged? 5 Answers as of August 27, 2010

Felony with time in prison after a probation violation. Is this expungeable? Cannot get a job anywhere and need to shake this.

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Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
Expungement this seems unlikely in your case. However, each one depends on the facts in the case. Contact me for a free consultation to discuss your options.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/26/2010
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Many felony and misdemeanor convictions [not infractions] can sometimes be expunged by proper application and Petition to the court, but only if there was NO prison time served or even sentenced. There are other disqualifiers and rules, but they do not need to be discussed in your case.

Your prison time means you do not get to shake it. Even if you had not served time, you are disqualified if prison time was originally sentenced and then reduced to probation, as apparently is the case for you. The adverse effect you are suffering on your employability is the normal consequence of felony conviction.

Your only other option is to seek a governors pardon. BUT, they are almost never granted, they are quite expensive to pursue, and they require compelling reasons to persuade the governor to grant them other than I am suffering the consequences of felony conviction. Every convicted felon has that problem. Good luck.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/24/2010
Robert P. Jarvis, PC
Robert P. Jarvis, PC | David Anderson
Usually not. That is why they keep records. Otherwise, every convicted felon would simply expunge his record. Crimes involving honesty such as theft, lying, fraud and robbery are almost impossible to get off your record. Again, that is why they keep records.

Every case has specific issues and we recommend that you seek immediate legal representation. A competent criminal defense lawyer can explain small differences in the law or the facts that could dramatically affect your case. Our office is available 24/7 to represent you with any criminal matter
Answer Applies to: Arizona
Replied: 8/24/2010
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