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What does getting my case expunged do for me? Penal Code Section 1203.4

Many people are of the incorrect belief that getting their case expunged means it is completely removed from your record.  That is not the case.  With that said, however, getting your conviction expunged per California Penal Code Section 1203.4 can offer you many benefits.

The number one complaint of those who have been convicted of a criminal offense is that it hinders their ability to get a job.  A PC 1203.4 expungement is perfect for you if that is your issue.  The main benefit of an expungement is that you no longer need to disclose your conviction when you are attempting to obtain private employment.  Section 1203.4 states that an individual who has been granted relief need not disclose the conviction unless applying for “public office, for licensure by any state or local agency, or for contracting with the California State Lottery Commission.”

Despite this rule, it is sometimes best practice to advise any potential employer, private or otherwise, of your prior conviction.  Many background check systems can find expunged convictions which could lead to questions from your potential employer.  The positive, however, is that you would have the ability to tell your employer that the your guilty or no contest plea was “withdrawn” and the “dismissed” the charges against you.  The ability to tell anyone that your case has been dismissed is a powerful gift for anyone who suffered a criminal conviction.

 

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