LA Sealing Records and Expungements Lawyer
Los Angeles Expungement Attorney
What is Sealing?
Sealing is the process of removing or erasing arrests and convictions from a person’s criminal record. A criminal record is a copy of a person’s criminal history, arrests, criminal charges, and convictions. A person may apply to have his/her arrest or conviction sealed if he/she meets certain legal requirements.
Before a person can have his/her arrest or conviction sealed, he/she must be 18 years of age. A person can have his/her arrest sealed if his/her case was rejected, dismissed, or charges were never filed. In order to have an arrest record sealed, the person must file a petition, which may take several months to approve.
What is Expungement?
Expungement is the process of having convictions or arrests removed from public records. Unlike sealing, law enforcement will still have access to a person’s criminal history, even if an arrest or conviction is expunged. A person may apply to have his/her arrest or conviction expunged if he/she meets certain legal criteria.
Before a person can have his/her arrest or conviction expunged, he/she must: have met probation criteria, must have obeyed all issued court orders, and must not have any subsequent criminal offenses. If all of these requirements are met, the person may file a petition for expungement.
Sealing Records/Expungement Advantages
Because criminal records contain publicly accessible information, it is always to a person’s advantage to consider expungement or sealing. When a person has a negative mark on his/her criminal record, it can greatly limit his/her employment, educational, and housing options. A person’s criminal record may also prohibit him/her from obtaining student or bank loans. For this reason, it is in the person’s best interest to file for sealing or expungement.
Hiring an Experienced Expungement/Sealing Attorney
Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin is a criminal defense law firm that has been helping clients throughout Southern California seal and expunge their arrest records for years. When we work with our clients, we do everything possible to make sure that they receive the attention, resources, and dedicated legal counsel that they deserve.
If you are interested in expunging or sealing your criminal record, do not hesitate to call Kestenbaum, Eisner & Gorin, LLP at (877) 781-1570. Our knowledgeable legal team can evaluate your individual situation and advise you of your legal options.
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