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Criminal Records Expungements in Los Angeles
Expungement for Cases Involving Minors
It is commonly understood that minors may have access to more expungement rights than adults. Criminal histories of minors are regularly expunged before they become an adult, but the process is not an automatic function of the court. The purpose of expungement for the defendant is to never have to act as though the conviction or charge ever occurred. For those under the age of 18, expunging a criminal conviction is very much like a fresh start publicly, but the court can still access the record for future use in subsequent criminal cases. Minors that have been convicted of a 707 (B) class of felony will not be eligible for expungement of these criminal convictions. All 707 (B) cases are very serious crimes often committed with use of a hand gun or other weapon, and very often they result in significant jail terms. Regardless of the conviction level, all minor convictions that are eligible for an expungement will still require a Los Angeles expungement attorney arguing your case to the court.
Most eligible expungements are usually misdemeanor cases that are prohibiting the convicted individual from acquiring well-paying employment. Certain industries actually cannot have employees with any criminal history, and an expungement means disclosing the information on a job application is not a requirement. When employers know about the incident beforehand, there is nothing prohibiting them from denying employment, but in most cases this is never an issue. This can be especially important for individuals who are professionally trained in certain high salary positions.
One of the most effective methods of expunging a record is petitioning the court for a class reduction of the crime. This can usually be done with low level felonies that do not result in incarceration when your expungement attorney can successfully represent your case to the court. Charge reduction is not always achievable after the fact, but felony convictions can still be eligible when borderline material case factors are present. Regardless of the level of the crime, all expungements follow certain qualification rules before the state can officially rule on the case sealing. All state databases update monthly and any expungement approval will automatically remove the case from public view after 30 days.
Regardless of the conviction level, all convictions that are eligible for an expungement will still require a Los Angeles expungement attorney arguing your case to the court. Even an expungement for a convicted minor is not an automatic approval, and your attorney can make a major difference in the case sealing even when there is a high possibility of an expungement.