What is the Difference Between Pardon and Expungement?
There is a massive distinction between expungements which seal your criminal record & a pardon which permanently removes the conviction from your record through an executive forgiveness.
Certain criteria must be met, however, for an expungement petition to be considered.
- You must have been granted probation upon conviction
- You must successfully complete the probation without violation
- Upon completing probation, you may submit a petition for expungement to the court, where a judge will review your request and determine whether or not your conviction should be removed.
The argument you use in your petition must be strong, which is why it is beneficial to retain the assistance of an experienced Orange County criminal lawyer. Relief from the civil and criminal consequences of a criminal conviction is available in most situations. Most forms of relief require some form of post-conviction action, such as sealing records, vacating convictions, expungements, certificates of rehabilitation, and pardons.
If you have been previously convicted of a crime and want to clear your record, contact the Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman for assistance from an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.
Effects of a Criminal Conviction Without Expunction
Proper treatment of a criminal case requires knowledge of the civil consequences of criminal convictions, including what forms of post-conviction relief may ultimately be available and what circumstances may warrant relief. It is important to know, for example, whether a defendant can be relieved of the duty to admit a conviction on employment applications or whether a defendant will receive professional discipline. The effects of a criminal conviction can include ramifications for professional licenses, immigration status, and employment, not to mention gun licenses, liquor licenses, and requirements for registration as a sex offender or narcotic offender.
Once your record is sealed, no one will be able to see that you were ever convicted; this includes state and federal agencies, potential employers, family, and friends. Essentially, it would be as though you were never convicted in the first place. Dedicated Orange County firm, Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, has 20 years of exclusive defense experience.
Schedule a free case evaluation with a lawyer from our Orange County criminal defense law firm today for the professional, legal counsel and representation that you need.