Can you get a burglary charge expunged from your record in the state of California? There is no single answer to this question. The court system will expunge some burglary charges. However, in some cases expungement is not possible.
Generally, you cannot get a charge expunged if you spent time in prison. This is especially true if you were convicted of first-degree (or residential) burglary. Find out more about the process for getting burglary charges expunged with the Simmrin Law Group. Allow us to review your specific situation when you call (310) 997-4688.
You Can Expunge Some Burglary Charges in California
Sometimes, you are legally allowed to expunge a burglary charge in California. You are eligible to request an expungement IF:
- You successfully completed your probation
- You did not serve time in prison AND
- You are not facing current criminal charges or serving another sentence for a conviction
This means that you could seek an expungement if you were convicted of second-degree (or commercial) burglary. Second-degree burglary charges do not lead to prison time in the state of California.
How to Get Burglary Charges Expunged from Your Record
You can work with a criminal defense lawyer in Los Angeles if you are eligible to have your record expunged. A lawyer can file all the appropriate paperwork for you. Note that you will have to pay a filing fee to request an expungement.
Your lawyer will also charge a fee to handle the expungement paperwork on your behalf. In most cases, you will not have to go to court to handle an expungement if you work with a lawyer. A lawyer can assess whether or not you are eligible for expungement right now.
Benefits of Expunging a Burglary Charge in Los Angeles
Many people choose to seek expungement after they are convicted of burglary in California. Expungement changes the record for your criminal charges. It does not erase the charge from your record, but will reflect it to show a plea of “not guilty.”
After you get your record expunged, you can legally say you were not convicted of a crime when asked by a potential employer. An expungement could help if you:
- Want to get a new job
- Are applying for a new place to live
- Want to apply to an educational institute
However, expungements do not erase the conviction completely. Some charges will still be considered “priorable,” even after they are expunged. Additionally, an expungement does not return your right to own firearms, if you were convicted of a felony.
What It Means to Complete Your Probation
You can apply for expungement of burglary charges if you “completed” your probation. Many individuals in California do not know what it means to complete their probation. You complete your probation by handling all terms of the probation, which can mean:
- Paying all court fines
- Attending any mandatory treatment programs
- Finishing community service work
These are only examples of some of the terms of probation here in Los Angeles. You will also have to attend all legally required court dates. Furthermore, you must finish the full length of your probation.
In many cases, the court will put you on probation for several years after a burglary conviction. You cannot seek an expungement until the full period of your probation ends. Additionally, you cannot seek an expungement if you committed another crime while on probation.
Find out more about completing your probation by contacting the Simmrin Law Group. Our burglary lawyers in Los Angeles can answer your specific legal questions. Call (310) 997-4688 and get the answers you want.
Ask a Lawyer About Getting a Burglary Charge Expunged from Your Record
You can get some burglary charges expunged from your record in California. Our team at the Simmrin Law Group can help you with the expungement process. We are ready to assess your unique needs when you call (310) 997-4688 or fill out our online contact form. Allow us to help you with a free consultation. Get in touch with our Los Angeles burglary lawyers today.