Riverside Expungement Lawyer

Do you have a criminal record that you’d like to have expunged or dismissed? A Riverside expungement lawyer can save you time, money and frustration by handling the process for you.


How Does Expungement Work In Riverside?

To have a case dismissed or expunged, you must:

  • Submit a Petition for Dismissal form for each separate case.
  • The form must be sent to the Superior Court where your conviction occurred.
  • The court will review the petition and make a decision.

Any supporting documents that you want to provide should be included with your Petition.

Additionally, you’ll have to pay a fee for each expungement.

There is no charge for expunging infractions. In some cases, the fee can be waived.

The process may seem like a simple one, but things can quickly become complicated. Working with an expungement attorney will help ensure that you provide the correct supporting documents and that your Petition is filed with the appropriate court. Your criminal defense attorney can also save you time and a trip to the court.

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The Benefits Of Expunging Your Criminal Record

There are many benefits to expunging your criminal record, such as:

Find Employment

Most employers perform background checks when hiring new employees. They also ask whether you have been convicted of a crime on their applications.

Expunging your record means that your conviction won’t show up on a background check. You can also answer “no” to the question of whether you have been convicted of a crime.

Expungement eliminates barriers to employment that people often face after a conviction.

Secure a Place to Live

Like employers, many landlords also conduct background checks. However, a criminal conviction can make it harder for landlords to approve rental applications, or you may find yourself paying higher rent and making larger deposits to secure a place to live.

Expunging your record means that your potential landlord won’t know about your conviction. Instead, you will be treated like any other applicant.

Protect Your Privacy

Expungement can help protect your privacy by removing your conviction from public eye. In California, expunging your record doesn’t seal your court case file. If someone knows where to look, they can find your case file. However, generally, expungement will keep your conviction private.

Take Out a Loan

Some lenders believe that a criminal conviction increases the risk that you’ll default on your loan. As a result, they may deny your application or charge you a higher rate.

Expunging your record can make it easier to get approved for a loan, whether it’s an auto, home, or personal loan.

What Can Criminal Expungement Not Do?

Expungement can be beneficial, but it’s not a magic eraser. It’s important to have realistic expectations and understand what the process can and cannot do.

Expunging your criminal record does not:

  • Erase the conviction from your “rap sheet.” Law enforcement officials can still see your conviction and the expungement.
  • Restore your right to have a firearm (if that right was taken away from you).
  • Seal or remove the court case file from the public eye.
  • Eliminate the requirement to register as a sex offender. You will need to take additional steps to avoid further registration.
  • Prevent law enforcement from using the conviction as a “prior,” which can mean harsher penalties for subsequent convictions.
  • Give you the right to omit the conviction from applications for public office or government-issued licenses. The conviction can still be considered when applying for permits or licenses, but the expungement may reduce the weight it has on the decision to grant or revoke them.
  • Prevent ICE from using the conviction for the purpose of exclusion or removal.

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Expungement Eligibility In California

Some convictions cannot be expunged, such as certain felonies or misdemeanor vehicle-related convictions.

You are also ineligible for expungement if you are:

  • Currently serving a sentence
  • Being prosecuted
  • Currently on probation, parole, post-release community supervision or mandatory supervision
  • Sentenced to state prison for the conviction in question

According to Riverside County, you may be eligible for expungement if:

  • You were convicted of a felony or misdemeanor and granted probation. You must also meet all of your probation terms.
  • You were convicted of an infraction or a misdemeanor and denied probation. You will need to wait until at least 12 months after your conviction to apply for expungement. Additionally, you can’t be charged with another offense, be on probation or be serving a sentence for another conviction.
  • You were sent to local prison (county jail) for a felony conviction. You will need to wait one to two years after the conviction to apply for expungement. To be eligible, you must not be charged with another offense or be on probation for another case.


Riverside Expungement Lawyer Near You

If you have a criminal record that you’d like to have expunged, finding an experienced Riverside expungement attorney is crucial.

An attorney can determine which convictions may be eligible for relief and provide the appropriate supporting documents to greatly improve your chances of success.

Contact us right away to discuss the charges you would like to get expunged.


Our Process


  • Arrest


    The accused is taken into custody. Police will ask basic discovery questions like name and address to identify a person, then pivot to more specific questions related to the incident.

  • Reading Your

    Reading Your

    You have the right to remain silent to avoid disclosing evidence that could potentially be self-incriminating, as well as the right to an attorney to defend you in court.

  • Booking


    The police will take you in for booking — Police will fingerprint you and get and updated photograph for their records. After, you’ll be given a chance to contact your criminal defense lawyer.

  • Arraignment


    The arraignment is the final date for you to decide how you’re going to plea. If you plead guilty, the case is set for a sentencing date. If you plead not guilty, your attorney will prepare for trial.

  • Discovery


    In the discovery stage, you’ll get to see exactly what evidence the prosecution has against you. This is when your attorney can make additional requests for evidence if need be and strengthen your defense.

  • Plea Bargaining

    Plea Bargaining

    Accepting the plea bargain is the last chance to plead guilty before the trial. Reduced charges may be presented to quickly settle the case and avoid trial.

  • Trial


    The prosecutor presents the case to the jury. Any evidence or witness statements are shared at at this time. Afterward, it’s your lawyers turn to take the stands and share your side of the story. The jury will make a final verdict.

  • Sentencing


    At sentencing, the Judge must decide the appropriate legal penalty for the crime you were found guilty of. Decisions are based on the advised penalties for the specific charges in question.

Possible Penalties For A Criminal Conviction

Jail or Prison Time

Substantial Fines

Lengthy Probation

License Suspension

Mandatory Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Is An Expungement Worth It?

Yes, in most cases. Having your records expunged will make it easier to get back on your feet after a conviction. Landing a job or renting an apartment won’t feel like an uphill battle.

Will My Expunged Record Show Up On A Background Check In California?

Generally, no, expunged records do not show up on background checks. However, if a potential employer asks whether you have been convicted of a crime, you can tell them no.

Expunged records should not show up on background checks performed for:

  • Job applications
  • Mortgage applications
  • Rental applications
  • Independent contractor jobs, like driving for Uber or Lyft
  • Volunteer work

What Crimes Cannot Be Expunged In California?

Some crimes can never be expunged in California. These include:

  • Infractions in the provisions of Vehicle Code section 42001
  • Misdemeanors in the provisions of Vehicle Code section 42002.1 (failing to stop and submit to an inspection)
  • Violations of Penal Code section 289(j), 288a(c), 288.5, 288 or 286(c)
  • Felonies under Penal Code section 261.5(d)


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