Santa Barbara Expungement Lawyer

Let Our Santa Barbara Criminal Defense Attorneys Help You

Having a criminal record can make it difficult to take advantage of life’s opportunities, such as obtaining employment, registering for school, or even purchasing a house. Fortunately, if you were convicted of a crime in California, you’re entitled to expunge your criminal record.

At Appel & Morse, we firmly believe that your previous transgressions shouldn’t plague you for the rest of your life. Whether it's a misdemeanor or a felony, our Santa Barbara criminal attorneys possess the comprehensive knowledge of the state laws to help put the past behind you.

Expungement Requirements

Expungement is the process by which your criminal convictions are dismissed. Generally, an expungement erases the criminal record as if it never existed. In California, however, you cannot erase a criminal record from public view entirely. Rather, the act of expungement will reopen your case, withdraw the guilty or no content conviction, and dismiss your charges. While you case record will still exist, the outcome of the case will no longer be your plea or conviction.

In order to be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Completed probation
  • Not currently charged with a criminal offense
  • Not currently on probation or servicing a sentence for criminal offense

Crimes that cannot be expunged include:

  • Sex crimes, including those involving children
  • Homicide or murder

Why Choose Us?

Our Santa Barbara criminal attorneys know that the expungement process is a complex legal process. We have what it takes to help you properly file an expungement petition. If you are currently on probation, we can even help you obtain early termination of probation as well. Get your life back to normal by hiring the legal services of our team at Appel & Morse today.

Contact us by calling (805) 467-6060.