Can I have misdemeanor theft expunged? 6 Answers as of August 30, 2010

I was arrested and charged with misdemeanor theft of about $150 dollars when I was 18, in 1999. I have a spotless record aside from this. I pleaded no contest to that charge, paid all of the fines, and got it taken care of. Can I get this misdemeanor theft charge expunged from my record?

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Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Probably. 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, if it was not for certain sex and Domestic Violence crimes, if all terms of sentencing and probation [and at least one year of probation] are completed and finished, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be retroactively withdrawn and the charges dismissed. That does not “remove” the conviction, but merely changes the record to show “conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement”. If expunged, you would be able to say “no” to conviction on most private employment applications. However, the conviction is still a “prior” for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on any application for government and professional licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from employment because of your conviction. If you are serious about doing so, and you think you qualify, feel free to contact me for the legal help you will need.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/30/2010
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
Yes, you can have this crime expunged.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/28/2010
Steven Mandell
Steven Mandell | Law Offices of Steven Mandell
Yes, you can, assuming that the probation has been terminated. Since you believe that you got it all taken care of, that probably means that probation terminated. You seem eligible for expungement relief.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/28/2010
Law Offices of Ramona Hallam
Law Offices of Ramona Hallam | Ramona Hallam
In California the answer is yes, you may have the conviction expunged. You may file a Penal Code section 1203.4 petition for dismissal of the convictions once you have successfully completed probation. Sounds like you have, and it sounds like you have performed all other terms of your probation. If you need representation, feel free to telephone.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/27/2010
Prometheus: A Social Justice Law Firm
Prometheus: A Social Justice Law Firm | Aly Ebrahimzadeh
Hire an attorney to help you with this expungement. You can contact my office for a consult if you live in the area of my practice.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/27/2010
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