In most instances, employers cannot ask you about any convictions dismissed under California’s penal code when you apply for a job in the private sector. You may not have to disclose a conviction if it was dismissed or expunged. However, we suggest you contact us if you have questions about your rights and obligations regarding past convictions when applying for a job.

When applying for government employment or a government license you will be asked whether you have ever been convicted of a crime. If you have been granted an expungement, you may be able to answer that “the matter was dismissed.”  In California, government employers and licensing agencies (except for police agencies and concessionaire licensing boards) will treat a dismissal as a non-conviction.