Cleaning up your record is a great way to prevent issues
An underlying criminal conviction is the most common reason you may have issues with an application to your licensing board, department, or agency. A criminal conviction may also result in having an accusation filed against you. At Unlock Legal we are experts in helping you achieve a clean record before you apply to be licensed for the career of your choice. We can also assist in “clearing up” your record before negotiating a settlement on your accusation or going to a hearing, which can go a long way toward a positive outcome. Below are some of the ways we can help you.
Petition for Dismissal (aka “expungement”)
To clean up your record, we will first review your Department of Justice report, aka your RAP sheet. We will then file a petition for dismissal (Penal Code section 1203.4, 1203.4(a)) - also called an “expungement” - on your behalf in the court where the conviction occurred. When a petition for dismissal is granted, it means that your guilty plea is withdrawn and the case against you has been dismissed. Then, you may honestly state that you have not been convicted of a crime. However, if you are applying for a professional license, you still must disclose the prior conviction even if it has been expunged.
Motion for Early Termination/Motion to reduce felony conviction to a misdemeanor
If you are still on state court probation, we will file a petition for early termination of probation so that we will be able to file the petition for dismissal. If the underlying matter is a felony (with no jail time), we will file a petition for reduction to a misdemeanor pursuant to Penal Code section 17(b).
Certificate of Rehabilitation
If your conviction is a felony with prison time, we can file a Certificate of Rehabilitation for you.
We are experienced in all aspects of record clearance and will always do our best to achieve the best possible outcome for you.
Professionals We Have Helped
“Miranda went above and beyond to help resolve my case. She was attentive, hard working, and extremely thorough from our initial consultation. I would highly recommend Miranda McCroskey!”