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Understanding Crimes That Cannot Be Expunged in California

If you have a criminal record in California

You may be wondering if you are eligible for expungement. While many criminal offenses can be expunged under California Penal Code section 1203.4, certain crimes are not eligible for expungement. At RecordZap, we want people to have a clear understanding of which crimes cannot be expunged and which crime convictions RecordZap.com does not offer services for.

Here is a list of some of the crimes that cannot be expunged under California law:

  1. Penal Code section 187 – Murder
  2. Penal Code section 191.5 – Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated
  3. Penal Code section 192(c)(1) – Vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence
  4. Penal Code section 261 – Rape
  5. Penal Code section 264.1 – Rape of spouse by force or fear
  6. Penal Code section 286 – Sodomy with a minor
  7. Penal Code section 288 – Lewd acts with a child under 14
  8. Penal Code section 288a – Oral copulation with a child under 14
  9. Penal Code section 288.5 – Continuous sexual abuse of a child
  10. Penal Code section 368 – Elder abuse
  11. Penal Code section 451 – Arson causing great bodily injury or damage to an inhabited structure or inhabited property
  12. Penal Code section 459 – First degree burglary of an inhabited dwelling
  13. Penal Code section 460(a) – Burglary of an inhabited dwelling or trailer coach
  14. Penal Code section 470(d) – Forgery of checks, bonds, or other similar documents valued over $950
  15. Penal Code section 484e(d) – Theft by access card or credit card of $950 or more
  16. Penal Code section 484g – Forgery of a credit card or account number
  17. Penal Code section 487(d)(2) – Grand theft involving a firearm
  18. Penal Code section 496(a) – Receiving stolen property valued at $950 or more
  19. Penal Code section 518 – Extortion
  20. Penal Code section 594(b)(1) – Vandalism causing over $10,000 in damage
  21. Penal Code section 647(a) – Solicitation or prostitution
  22. Penal Code section 647.6 – Child molestation or annoying or molesting a child under 18
  23. Penal Code section 653f(d) – Solicitation to commit murder

As you can see, the crimes listed above are serious offenses that carry significant penalties and consequences. California law does not allow for the expungement of these crimes because they are considered too severe to be removed from a person’s criminal record.

Under California Penal Code section 1203.4

The purpose of expungement is to give individuals who have completed their sentence a chance to move on with their lives and reintegrate into society. However, certain crimes are deemed too serious to be expunged, as they pose a risk to public safety and require more significant consequences.

At RecordZap, we understand how a criminal record can negatively impact a person’s life, from finding employment to securing housing or obtaining loans. That’s why for crimes that are eligible for expungement, we offer professional expungement services to help our customers clear their records of eligible offenses. Our lawyers can provide you guidance on your matters.