Can I Seal My Arrest Records in the State of California?
you’ve been arrested, those several hours from being in handcuffs until you
walked out of a police station can haunt you for the rest of your life. A lot of people get arrested, but may never
be convicted. While the legal troubles
may be gone, that arrest can stick on your record for you entire life. The team at Unlock Legal understands that it is unsightly if you are
applying for a job or a professional license.
California law, individuals who were arrested, but never convicted are allowed
to submit a request to seal your arrest record. So, what does it mean to seal
your record? Sealing your record means your record would not show up on most
criminal background checks. This is great news for licensed professionals or
individuals looking to become a licensed professional who want to protect their
license. Here at Unlock Legal, we want to help defend your license by sealing
Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate
Bill 393 into law on October 12, 2017. The law, referred to as The CARE Act, took effect
on January 1, 2018. SB 393 is now codified in several Penal code sections,
Penal Code 851.87 PC. This bill made it easier to remove arrests from your record when:
The defendant was found “Not Guilty”
The defendant had criminal charges filed but dismissed
The defendant never had criminal charges filed against them
The defendant successfully completed a government program and/or
treatment pending on charges filed
The defendant’s conviction was overturned or vacated
your case was dismissed or overturned, why would it still be necessary to
remove the arrest from your record? It’s simple. These records are public and
could reflect poorly on your reputation within your industry. Arrest records are accessible to hiring
managers. By removing those arrest
records from public view, you would have a clean slate for the future.
If you have a history of arrests and/or violent charges, you may not qualify to seal your arrest record. To help you better understand the process of sealing your record, contact us today for a quick and discreet consultation. It’s fast and easy. Don’t let your past convictions haunt your future. Reach out to the Unlock Legal team today by calling us at 949-268-2857, or reach out to us here, or you can fill out the form below, and we will reach out to you.