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. A criminal conviction can stay on your record for a long time, click here to read about how long that can be. 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.

What Is an Expungement?

Expungement is the process by which your criminal convictions are dismissed as if they never existed. In California, however, you cannot erase a criminal record from public view entirely. Rather, an expungement will reopen your case, withdraw the guilty or no contest conviction, and dismiss your charges.

It is important to note that your case record will still exist, however, the outcome of the case will no longer be your plea or conviction.

Expungement Requirements

In order to be eligible for an expungement, 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

Can All Crimes Be Expunged?

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.