Torrance Expungement Lawyer
When an individual is convicted of a crime, that person’s criminal record can follow him or her around for life. He or she may run into obstacles when applying for a job or trying to obtain housing. Fortunately, a post-conviction method called expungement exists for clearing criminal records. While not all crimes can be expunged, many can.
The Law Offices of Anthony J. Pullara offers initial consultations with our expungement attorney. Attorney Anthony Pullara files motions to have criminal records expunged on behalf of citizens and noncitizens. We have offices in Torrance and serve clients throughout the area, including Redondo Beach and Carson.
An expungement does not erase the conviction for all purposes. For instance, it still must be disclosed in response to questions contained an application for public office or licensure by a state or local agency.
Expungement and Immigration Consequences
Expungement does not eliminate all possible adverse consequences or release a person from all U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) convictions; ICE does not recognize expungement, so noncitizens who have been convicted of crimes may find other forms of post-conviction relief more beneficial. These include failure to be advised of immigration consequences and writs of habeas corpus.
Other Aspects of Expungement
There are also several other aspects of expungement that should be noted:
- Information relating to the case may be available to others where the release of such information is authorized by law.
- A dismissal under the law does not release a person of the obligation to disclose the conviction in response to direct questions contained in any questionnaire or application for public office or for licensure by a state agency.
- A dismissal will not keep the conviction from being used against you as a prior conviction in any future criminal proceeding such as for enhancing the penalties of a criminal conviction.
- A dismissal will not permit the convicted person to own or possess a firearm or from being convicted of a crime involving the personal use or possession of a prohibited firearm.
If you believe that expungement may be an option for you, talking to a lawyer is important. To schedule your initial consultation with a California expungement lawyer, call us today at 213-614-1419 or contact us online. Learn how you may be able to clear a criminal record.
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