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Understanding Which Crimes are Eligible for Expungement in California

If you’re looking to clear your criminal record in California

You may be wondering which crimes can be expunged in California. Expungement is the process of having a criminal conviction dismissed and can make a big difference in your ability to find employment, housing, and other opportunities.

Some of the most common crimes

That are eligible for expungement under California law:

1. Infractions

California Penal Code section 1203.4a – Infraction offenses, such as traffic violations and some municipal code violations.

2. Misdemeanors

California Penal Code section 1203.4 – Misdemeanor offenses, such as:

    • DUI – Vehicle Code section 23152
    • Drug possession – Health and Safety Code sections 11350 and 11377
    • Theft – Penal Code sections 484 and 488
    • Domestic violence – Penal Code section 273.5
    • Assault – Penal Code section 240
    • Battery – Penal Code section 242

3. Felonies

California Penal Code section 17(b) – Certain felony offenses, such as:

    • Drug possession for personal use – Health and Safety Code section 11350
    • Forgery – Penal Code section 470
    • Grand theft – Penal Code section 487

Note that for felony offenses, the offense may need to be reduced to a misdemeanor before it can be expunged under section 1203.4.

4. Probation violations

California Penal Code section 1203.4a – Probation violations that are considered infractions or misdemeanors may be expunged under this section.

5. Juvenile offenses

California Welfare and Institutions Code section 1772 – Many juvenile offenses can be expunged once the offender reaches a certain age or completes their sentence.

6. Diversion program completion

California Penal Code section 1000.4 – Individuals who successfully complete a diversion program for drug offenses may be eligible for expungement under this section.

It’s important to note that the specific criteria for expungement may vary depending on the offense and the individual’s circumstances. It’s always best to consult with an attorney to determine whether your conviction is eligible for expungement and to guide you through the process.

At RecordZap.com, our attorneys help individuals clear their criminal records through the expungement process. Take our eligibility test now to learn if we can expunge your record to give you a second chance and fresh start.

It’s important to note that not all crimes are eligible for expungement, as we outlined in a previous blog post. However, if you are unsure whether your conviction can be expunged, it’s always best to consult with a qualified attorney who can advise you on your options.

At RecordZap.com, we help individuals clear their criminal records through the expungement process. We’re confident we can help you too.

Our process is simple and straightforward

Just provide us with some basic information about your case, and we’ll take care of the rest. We’ll handle all the paperwork, file the necessary documents with the court, and keep you updated every step of the way.

Don’t let a criminal conviction hold you back any longer. With our help, you can move forward with your life and achieve your goals, free from the burden of a criminal record. Take our free eligibility test now and we can get started expunging your record today.