Criminal Record Clean-up (Expungement)
There are a variety of ways through which you MAY be able to reduce the negative effects of many criminal convictions, arrests, and juvenile adjudications.
Arrests can be rendered detentions way of the subsequent failure by authorities to pursue charges. In those instances, the arresting agency is required by law to issue a “certificate of detention only” and to see to it that the word “arrest” is purged from any records of the incident. Additionally, some arrest records may be “sealed and destroyed” by way of a remedy known as a “finding of factual innocence”.
Each of these remedies function differently and may or may not be a applicable to the conviction, arrest, or adjudication at hand, depending on timing, what class of crime, the relative strength of the evidence and many other factors. Moreover, it is important to recognize that none of these remedies function like a “time machine” to enable you to go back in history and undo something which, fundamentally, cannot be undone. However, these remedies can very often allow you to move ahead with your life (and career plans) without being unduly haunted a past mistake or mishap.
To find out more about what, if any, of these remedies you may be eligible for, you may call us now at (805) 892-4922 for a free, no obligation, consultation. Or, if you prefer it, you may fill in your contact information and a description of what criminal legal problem you may need help with in the contact form to the right and Mr. Makler will get back to you as soon as possible and frequently within a few minutes.
Bill Makler Featured in the Santa Barbara News-Press December 3, 2013
Bill Makler was recently featured in the Santa Barbara News-Press for his work in forcing the CHP to follow their statutory obligations to “clear” the records of people who they arrested but where prosecution was declined.
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