Why is it important to "expunge" your criminal record?

"Have you ever been convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony…" Anyone who has applied for a job recognizes that question.

Employers often refuse to consider any applicant that answers "yes" to that question, even if the candidate is qualified for the job. That question is also sometimes asked when applying for housing or student loans.

According to California Labor Code section 432.7, an employer cannot ask an applicant to disclose any information concerning "…a conviction that has been judicially dismissed or ordered sealed pursuant to law…" (e.g. "expunged" pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4) If an employer violates that section of the law, the employer may be liable for certain fines, damages and attorney's fees.

How can we help?

If you're interested in improving your chances for employment by expunging your criminal record, contact our office for a free consultation. We represent individuals from the Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Wildomar, Lake Elsinore, Banning, Hemet, Corona and Riverside areas.

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