What would be better for me to do for my future, getting it expunged or a dismissal? 2 Answers as of May 07, 2017

I have a petty theft misdemeanor charge. This is my first run in with the law. I got a lawyer and she was able to make a deal were when I complete my bachelors, they will dismiss the case. However, she told me that I could expunge it within a year and 1/2 if I wanted to. I don't know which is better for the long run. I'm still debating with what career I would like to pursue between being going into science or real estate.

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Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
It is far better to get a theft charge dismissed outright. Expungement only applies after a conviction by plea or trial. While it technically also results in a "dismissal" it is not really. As a result licensing agencies (i.e, real estate, teaching etc.) can still consider expunged convictions.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/7/2017
Law Office of Jeff Yeh
Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
Sounds like you got convicted. Expungement only applies to criminal convictions. Be careful next time you enter a plea!
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 5/5/2017
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