For quite some time, the Law Office has blogged and Tweeted the benefits of having a record expunged (Penal Code 1203.4) or reduced from a felony(Penal Code Section 17). Beginning in 2011, in certain cases, an infraction can transform misdemeanors.
With infractions the court can be petitioned after one year of sentence. Felony convictions that did not involve an actual trip to State Prison and where Probation was ordered a five year waiting period is required. While the entire process is a matter of public record, it still helps to try and show rehabilitation from a past crime. With a recent law signed by the Governor, the “box” can know longer apply in private sector jobs unless specifically asked for by the employer and or where a security clearance is part of the job.
Every day a person across Santa Clara County and beyond are eligible for some type of record clearance/expungement relief. I am surprised why the law office phone is not exploding off the hook with these kind of requests. In most cases the process takes a month (Santa Clara County) but some counties take longer up to three months. For relatively low cost and even payment plans this decision really can be life changing.
How to justify the cost? That is an easy question.
How many thousands of dollars are lost in lost income by staying unemployed or under employed. There also is an immense pride factor in having a criminal past “brightened” by such post sentence relief. Do not put off a record clearance one day. Locate the case number of the case to be expunged and begin.
Our law office has an excellent success since 2002. Attorney Green can help YOU today.
‘Ban the Box’ Bill Gives Rehabilitated Job Hunters New Hope (Metro Newspapers Silicon Valley San Jose CA November 2013 Edition)