Is it possible to get petty theft off my record? 14 Answers as of August 04, 2011

Can a lawyer get petty theft off my record?

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Law Office of Mark Bruce
Law Office of Mark Bruce | Mark Corwin Bruce
"off my record" is a funny thing. Yes, you can expunge a petty theft so that no employer sees it. But the only way to get it off your rap sheet is for a judge to declare you innocent.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
Lowenstein Law Office
Lowenstein Law Office | Anthony Lowenstein
It depends on several factors.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/4/2011
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
If it meets all the requirements for an expungement.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2011
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
Sure. If you have successfully completed probation you can request an expungement of the conviction.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2011
Law Office of Edward J. Blum
Law Office of Edward J. Blum | Edward J. Blum
It depends. It can be dismissed pursuant to 1203.4 if you plead guilty or were found guilty. It can be sealed and destroyed if you were found not guilty or the charges were dismissed.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC
    Law Offices of Martina A. Vigil, PC | Martina A. Vigil
    You can hire an attorney to file a 1203.4 motion which is called an expungement. This withdraws your plea of guilty, enters a plea of not guilty, and dismisses your case. You should have successfully completed the terms of your probation with no subsequent criminal offenses.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas
    Law Office of Thomas J. Ogas | Thomas Ogas
    Yes. With an expungement.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Yes, as long as you have successfully completed probation, am no longer on probation for any other case(s), and have no other criminal case(s) pending, you are eligible for a petition for expungement. Contact a lawyer to file the petition.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    If you were convicted and you were over 18 at the time, the only option you have is a dismissal under Penal Code section 1203.4. It is commonly called an "expungement", but California doesn't have a true expungement law. If granted, it adds a notation to your criminal history that your case was dismissed, but it will remain on your record. It will allow you to tell most private employers that you have not been convicted of a crime. It is a fairly straight forward thing for a local criminal defense attorney to handle on your behalf.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    Nelson & Lawless
    Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
    Yes. You can consider getting the conviction expunged; which would help in obtaining and keeping employment. Many convictions can be 'expunged' from criminal records by proper application and Petition to the court, but only if there was no felony prison time sentenced whether served or not, and if it was not for certain listed Sexual and Domestic Violence crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does not clear, 'remove' or erase the conviction, but merely changes the record to show 'conviction reversed and dismissed by expungement'. When applying for a job in the private sector, you generally do not have to disclose a conviction if it was expunged. However, the conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offense, and must be disclosed on any application for government and professional employment and licensing, bonding, security clearance, etc. The licensing agency and employer then can decide whether you are barred from licensing or employment because of the conviction. If youre serious about doing this, and you think you qualify under those rules, feel free to contact me for the legal help you'll need.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    You, or an attorney on your behalf, can file for an expungement. That does not remove the petty theft or any other crime or even arrest from your record. If you apply to a governmental agency , you must divulge the conviction. If you apply to a state regulatory agency for a license (cosmotology, real estate, etc.) you must also disclose the conviction. If your concern is for job related issues, you might consider a certificate of rehabilitation, if you qualify.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 8/3/2011
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