Expungements: What You Need To Know
Having a criminal record can affect you personally, professionally and financially. In some situations, however, it may be possible to expunge past charges.
I am William Walraven, founder of the Law Offices of William Walraven. I have helped clients understand their expungement options. I know the impact a conviction can have and aim to give my clients a sense of hope. I will assess the situation, provide you with honest feedback, and create a strategy that will help you put your conviction behind you.
Understanding How The Expungement Process Works
Expunging your record means an arrest or conviction is sealed. While this information is still available to the government, the public can no longer look at your case. This can be tremendously beneficial for a variety of reasons. It can help you get a better job, secure better housing and protect your privacy. You no longer have to disclose a crime when filling out an application. As an attorney, I know how this can bring a huge sense of relief to people who have struggled since being arrested or convicted.
Eligibility depends on:
- The crime that occurred
- The amount of time that has passed
- Your criminal history
You must have completed your sentence, which includes any period of probation or parole. When this is done, we can file an application with the court. In the application, a “not guilty” plea is entered by the court, the case is dismissed and the conviction is now set aside. As your attorney, I can guide you through this process and ensure it is done correctly.
To Learn If Expungement Is A Possibility, Call Today
Over the years, I have built a reputation with local judges and prosecutors. They know that I work hard on behalf of my clients and their freedoms. Use my knowledge and experience to your advantage and see if an expungement is possible for your situation. To schedule a consultation, call my office at 650-744-0023 or fill out my contact form online. I serve clients in San Francisco, San Mateo County and throughout the Bay Area.