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- Job Applications
- Immigration Consequences
- Motions to Seal and Destroy
- Sex Registration
- Rehabilitation Certificates
- Juvenile Records Sealed
- Vacating Past Pleas
Life After a Criminal ConvictionEven years after a conviction, our legal help can make a positive impact on your life. We help clients throughout the Oakland, Hayward, Fremont, Pleasanton, Concord and Walnut Creek areas file petitions and motions to overturn sex offender registration requirements, remove fingerprints and photos from case files, reduce felonies to misdemeanors, expunge criminal records, and vacate past pleas. In many cases, this can have significant impact on a person’s ability to find a job, live where he or she would like, and start over without being stigmatized.
Job ApplicationsA criminal record can follow you the rest of your life and can prevent you from getting jobs. Many things can be done to clean your record and we do all of them. If you have a question about how to answer a question on a job application – call us. We can help.
Motion to Seal and DestroyDestruction of the mug shot, finger prints and computer entry is the best remedy. We can do this with a motion for factual innocence and an order from the Judge to seal and destroy your past record.
ExpungementThis can be done even if you were found guilty or pleaded guilty. It results in the charges being dismissed and cannot be held against you on many job applications.
Juvenile Records SealedJuvenile records can be sealed once you turn 18. This is true of even serious cases. Juvenile crimes cannot be the basis of sex registration unless the minor was committed to the department of juvenile justice.
Vacate a Past PleaThis remedy is used when you were given false information that induced you to enter a plea of guilty. The false information could be something your lawyer told you, or perhaps the judge misinformed you or of the consequence of your plea. To have a valid plea, a defendant must knowingly and voluntarily waive their constitutional rights. This can’t be under duress.
Immigration ConsequencesNon-citizens who have been misinformed on accepting a plea of guilty on their criminal case could face immigration and deportation. In a case like this, it is possible to move forward with a motion to set aside a plea of guilty.
Sex RegistrationSometimes, people convicted of certain crimes in the past may find themselves now being required to adhere to new guidelines applicable to the kind of crime they were convicted for earlier. Sex crimes are the most obvious kind of criminal charge that imposes new restrictions and requirements on people who have already been convicted.
Requirements to registration as a sex offender that are not explained will allow a plea of guilty, even to a serious sex charge, to be set aside. People v. Zaidi, 147 Cal. App. 4th 1470 is the leading case on sex offense appeals. This was a case that our firm appealed and won that established the important right to be advised of the life-time requirement of sex registration.