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Can domestic violence convictions be expunged in California?

Ex-wife and I had a very toxic marriage and during an argument, she called the police on me. Claimed that she feared for her life and then pressed charges against me. That was about 12 or 13 years ago. Can this be expunged? Whenever I have a background check done, this still comes up and it drives me nuts.


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    Peter Goldscheider | Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
    438 Cambridge Ave. Suite 250
    Palo Alto, CA 94306
    (650) 323-8296
    Yes it can be. I would contact an attorney and meet in his or her office to have it done right.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/8/2013
    Sarkis Jacob Babachanian | Babachanian | Law
    3460 Ocean View Boulevard
    Glendale, CA 91208-3311
    (818) 500-0678
    Yes, but the truth is there are limits to what an "expungement" can do. If you're in the LA area, I may be able to help. In the meanwhile, don't talk to ANYONE about this anymore - other than your lawyer, of course; accused people often find that their innocent words are turned against them.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/6/2013
    Terry Nelson | Nelson & Lawless
    2134 Main St., #130
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 960-7584
    Some CA criminal convictions can be 'expunged, but ONLY IF there was no felony prison time sentenced whether served or not, and if it was not for certain listed sexual crimes, and if all terms of sentencing and at least one year of probation are completed, and if there are no new charges pending. If successful, the conviction would be retroactively withdrawn and the charges dismissed. Expungement does NOT clear , 'remove', erase or disappear the conviction. Nothing will. Records are forever . Expungement does change the record to show an arrest, charges filed, with 'conviction reversed and charges dismissed by expungement'. The conviction is still a 'prior' or 'strike' for purposes of repeat offenses. Expungement does not restore firearm rights lost because of felony conviction or domestic violence restraining orders. That record is accessible in background checks. Expungement will help in obtaining employment. When applying for a job in the private sector, in response to any question concerning your prior criminal record, you may legally deny that you were arrested or convicted of the offense.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/5/2013
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    39300 Civic Center Drive #110
    Fremont, CA 94538
    (510) 792-5110
    It can be dismissed due to successful completion of probation. You may still have time on the gun ownership ban. That is the length of probation plus 10 years in CA. It still must be disclosed to state, federal, county or municipal employers, the lottery commission and to any licensing groups in CA like for nurses, doctors lawyers etc.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/4/2013
    Edward J. Blum | Law Office of Edward J. Blum
    3699 Wilshire Blvd.
    Los Angeles, CA 90010
    (213) 479-5322
    Yes, if misdemeanor or felony with probation. Expungement doesnt mean expungement in California. It means only that if asked whether you have committed a misdemeanor you can say no.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/4/2013
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