Expungement generally refers to the cleansing of your criminal record, or the sealing and destruction of arrest and/or conviction information. An expungement proceeding makes the underlying criminal records unavailable through state or Federal repositories. These records are said, then, to be “expunged.”

Here in California, expungement law permits a person convicted of a misdemeanor or some felony crimes to petition the court to re-open the case, set aside the plea and dismiss the case. To qualify for expungement, a petitioner must have completed probation, paid all fines and restitution, not served a sentence in state prison for the offense, and not currently be charged with a crime. If these requirements are met, a court may grant the petition if it finds that it would be in the interest of justice to do so.