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Criminal Record Expungement Lawyer in Oakland

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At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, our Oakland expungement lawyer is passionate about fighting for the criminally accused. If you were arrested or are being investigated for suspicion of criminal activity, it is essential to have someone on your side who can stand up for your rights. Should you choose to hire our firm, you’ll have an accomplished, nationally-renowned defender providing the type of results-based litigation clients need to reclaim their future.

Attorney Ahmed is one of the leading criminal lawyers in Oakland, serving thousands of the criminally-accused throughout the East Bay. His results won him a place on the National Trial Lawyers “Top 100” and a perfect 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo. His accomplishments include winning thousands of cases for his clients, from getting acquittals and dismissals to getting convictions overturned and records sealed or expunged.

You deserve a chance to rebuild your life—call (510) 907-6600 to learn how we may be able to help clear your criminal conviction.

What is an Expungement?

Expungement is a legal process whereby certain convictions can be dismissed and your criminal record cleared- just as if the conviction never took place. A judge will reopen your case, you will enter a new plea of “not guilty” and the judge will dismiss your case. You will then be furnished with a signed order by a California Superior Court judge dismissing your conviction and vacating your case.

How Can I Qualify for Expungement?

The primary qualification is successful completion of probation without any violations, subsequent arrests, or pending charges. Violating your parole certainly makes expungement more complex, but not impossible.

Expungement Eligibility in California

One bad choice or a moment of poor judgment shouldn't have to follow you around forever. If your crime qualifies under California law, you might consider an expungement. Once your felony or misdemeanor California crime is expunged, California Penal Code 1203.4 PC releases you from all penalties and disabilities which arise from the conviction. Employers cannot access the crime when pulling up your criminal history, and are not allowed to ask you about it during an interview.

You could be eligible to expunge your criminal record(s) in the state of California if you were convicted of a misdemeanor or felony offense and:

  • You were not sentenced to serve time in a California state prison;
  • Completed your probation successfully (or obtained early probation termination);
  • Have no current criminal charges against you;
  • Are not currently on probation for a criminal offense;
  • Are not currently serving a sentence for a criminal offense;
  • Paid all fines associated with your terms of probation;
  • Completed any mandated community service hours or counseling programs, and
  • Attended every required court appearance.

Crimes That Are Not Eligible for Expungement in CA

There are specific criminal offenses in the state of California, which are not eligible for Expungement. Serious sex offenses committed against a child are not eligible for expungement. If you received a probation violation, you may still be able to apply to have your criminal record expunged. You will appear with your attorney at a special hearing to determine whether you are otherwise a good candidate for expungement.

What Expungement CAN Do:

  • Help you obtain a better job: Employers are not allowed to discriminate against you because you have an expunged criminal record.
  • Help you obtain a professional license: With an expunged record, you will be allowed to apply for professional licenses, although you may still have to disclose this conviction to the state licensing board.
  • Help you avoid immigration issues: Numerous crimes often result in deportation. If you are eligible to have your criminal record expunged, you could possible avoid this.

What Expungement CANNOT do:

  • Erase the conviction
  • Overturn driver's license suspensions
  • Restore gun rights
  • End a duty to register as a sex offender
  • Prevent enhanced sentences and/or strikes

It is important to know that expungement does not simply erase your conviction. Others can still access this information by performing a background check.

Can I Have a Felony Expunged or Reduced?

Yes. But not all felony convictions are eligible for expungement. If you served time in a California state prison, you cannot have your conviction expunged. If you have a conviction for a wobbler- a crime that can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor- the felony conviction can typically be reduced to a misdemeanor.

What Are the Benefits to Expunging a Conviction?

There are many benefits to obtaining a California expungement. Most notably, these benefits include helping you secure a new or better job. Employers cannot discriminate against you for involvement in an arrest that did not result in a conviction, or for having a conviction expunged. Additionally, you may be able to avoid deportation if you are an immigrant.

How Long Does the Expungement Process Take?

Many times, your petition can be prepared and filed within 48 hours. Depending on how quickly the court works, it generally takes about 45 days to receive a ruling.

How Much Does an Expungement Cost?

The fee varies depending on the county in which you were convicted and whether or not you were convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony. Financial assistance is available to those who may need it.

After Expungement Will I be Able to Say “No” When Asked If I Have a Criminal Record?

In most cases, yes. On job applications for private employers, you will be able to say you’ve never had a conviction. Expungement will have no effect on applications submitted for state license and certain government jobs, including working as a peace officer, holding public office, and jobs with the California Lottery Commission.

What are the Limitations of a California Expungement?

An expungement will not overturn a driver’s license suspension or revocation, and will still allow a DUI conviction to count as a “strike” against your record. An expungement will not restore your gun rights or affect your obligation to register as a sex offender. An experienced California expungement attorney can suggest other forms of post-conviction relief for certain crimes.

Begin Moving Forward Today

Even after people have served their time or completed everything the state has required of them, their “debt” to society continues to collect interest. People with arrest records or convictions can’t find jobs, can’t get good housing, and are forced into a corner. It’s unjust and unfair.

At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, we have helped numerous individuals and families throughout the Bay Area gain their freedom again after a criminal conviction. Through record expungement, our lawyer can help you put the past behind you so you can focus on your future. We proudly help clients in Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, Concord, and the surrounding areas!

Call our firm today to schedule a free consultation in order to start the process of having your criminal record expunged. We are also available for phone consultations and jail interviews, or you can fill out a confidential contact form.



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