Expungement – Dismissal of Your Conviction

In California, it is possible to get convictions dismissed through a process often referred to as an “expungement” with many benefits.  Many, but not all convictions are eligible for an expungement.  For consistently throughout this page I will refer to “dismissal of convictions” through this process as “expungements.”


There are many benefits to getting your conviction expunged.  These include:

  • Not having to disclose an expunged conviction on most employment applications
  • Increase in job and employment opportunities
  • Potential benefits when applying for or dealing with California State licensure applications
  • Potential benefits for California State licensure board hearings
  • Benefits when traveling to other Countries that have stricter boarder control
  • Remove your stigma of having this conviction on your record

Expungements in California can dismiss Felony, Misdemeanor and Infraction convictions

Felony, Misdemeanor and Infraction convictions can all get dismissed through this process.  It should be noted though that there are limitations to this and not all convictions can be expunged.  Whether your conviction can be expunged may depend on the charge you were convicted of, whether you completed the court requirements, the terms of your sentencing, and whether you have any criminal charges pending or are on active probation.  (Note that if you are on active probation, it is possible to terminate probation early).

Many convictions that are not eligle for expungement are eligible for Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon.

How long does the Expungement process take in California?

The expungement process in California can vary depending on which court your conviction is in.  On average the process generally takes approximately 1 to 3 months from the time of filing.

Can you help me get my conviction Expunged?

As a Criminal Defense Attorney in California handling expungements, I have extensive experience clearing criminal records for my clients and have done so with great success.  I am more than happy to give you a free consulation to discuss your conviction(s) with you to help determine if you are eligible for an expungement in California.  Call me (Philip Hache, Attorney) at (818) 336-1384, or fill out the Contact Form below.  I look forward to assisting you to clear your record and help you move past your conviction!

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