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If a Criminal Case Is Dismissed, Does It Stay on Your Record?
When you’re arrested for a crime in Sacramento, you’re not automatically convicted. When you fight your case in court, there’s a chance that your charges will be dismissed. However, even when your charges get dismissed, you can still have a criminal record on file that shows you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime. This can feel unfair, and it’s understandable to want your record sealed.
There’s a record sealing process in California that you can go through if you hope to remove your arrest from public view. To seal your record, you must be eligible under California law. If you need help with the record sealing process, you should speak with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer from Crowell Law Offices.
Are You Eligible for Record Sealing in California?
Many employers aren’t allowed to ask about arrests that didn’t result in convictions, but it can still bring you peace of mind knowing your arrest record is sealed.
You’re eligible for record sealing in California if you can prove that you’re innocent of the crime you were charged with and there were no reasonable grounds for arresting you. You can also petition for record sealing if your charge didn’t result in a conviction.
Some convicted criminals are also eligible for record sealing, but the process becomes more complex in those circumstances. Talk to a lawyer for details.
Contact a Sacramento Criminal Defense Attorney
To seal your record, you may need the help of an experienced attorney. An attorney can petition for record sealing on your behalf and discuss your case with the judge. As long as your charges have been dismissed, then you shouldn’t have trouble sealing your record and starting fresh.
To speak with a Sacramento criminal defense lawyer from Crowell Law Offices about your situation, call 916-303-2800 or fill out the contact form below. Schedule your free consultation now.