Getting the felony expunged
Question: Is it possible to keep employers form seeing my Van Nuys felony? I have a felony conviction from a long time ago. After I got out of jail I slowly started piecing my life together, but didn’t pay much attention to it. Just wanted to forget about that rough patch in my life. Now I have a baby to take care of and need to make more money and need to get a new job. Will the felony effect me when I start looking for a job? Will getting the felony expunged help?
Answer: Technically in California, what is often referred to as an expungement is actually getting the conviction withdrawn and dismissed. I will keep with the language of expunged for purposes of this question though since that is commonly used.
If you get the felony expunged (or reduced to a misdemeanor then expunged), the conviction of the charge will be replaced with a dismissal of the charge. So if a background check was done, your employer could see that there was an issue, but they wouldn’t necessarily see the conviction word next to the charge like they would pre-expungement. That can be very beneficial when looking for employment.
There are also reporting benefitis when filling out applications, although there are some limitations depending on the job itself. There is more information that you may find helpful here: Getting my conviction dismissed
There is a lot more to it, and there may be some limitations to determine whether or not your felony can be reduced to a misdemeanor and/or expunged. Call me at 818-336-1384 to discuss further.
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