Riverside Expungement Lawyer
Riverside DUI Expungement Attorney
If you have been convicted of drinking and driving, a Riverside DUI defense
lawyer from the Law Offices of Thomas Wallin & Scott Henry may be
able to assist you in clearing your criminal record through the process
of an expungement. To assist you in making a decision as to whether or
not to pursue an expungement of your criminal record, the firm's DUI
attorneys have provided the following guide to assist you:
What is an expungement?
An expungement is also referred to as sealing a criminal record, and is
a legal process that can relieve an individual of the burden of a criminal
history. The process begins when a formal request is made of the court
where the conviction took place to dismiss or set aside the
DUI conviction. The expungement process applies to most misdemeanor and minor
felony convictions. Serious felonies require alternative procedures to
set aside the conviction aside.
Note: Not all criminal convictions are eligible for expungement. Expungement
does not relieve the prior ability of a crime.
What is the purpose of an expungement? A criminal record can have a negative effect on your educational and career
opportunities, and an expungement offers you the chance to make a fresh
start. If your request for expungement is granted, you will be able to
state on private job applications and other forms that you have never
How long does the expungement process take? Expungements for most misdemeanors will take anywhere from 6 to 10 weeks
from the date the application is filed with the Court. This estimate does
not include any time necessary to research court records for additional
information needed to file the application. The more information you supply,
the faster the application can be filed.
While Felonies cannot be expunged, a motion can be run to reduce the case
to a misdemeanor and then apply for an expungement. Felony reductions
to misdemeanors generally take 6 to 12 weeks from the date the application
is filed. Felonies, which cannot be expunged, can sometimes be reduced
to a misdemeanor and will take the same time. Again, this does not include
any necessary research time.
Depending upon information received and the location of the court, the
estimated time to seal a juvenile record is 2 to 6 weeks from the filing
of the application.
How much will an expungement cost? The cost of expunging your criminal record depends on the specifics of
your conviction, as well as the amount of time necessary to research your case:
Misdemeanors - $895.00 each (costs and fees included)**
- Felonies - $1,875.00 each (costs and fees included)**
- Reduce Felony to Misdemeanor - $850.00 each(costs and fees included)**
- Research Case History - $275.00 per case search and $75.00 per hour to
obtain additional documents reflecting conviction or arrests
- Additional Legal Services Fee - Quoted on a case by case basis
**Does not include case history search.
Am I eligible for expungement? Call now to learn more!
Expunging your criminal history can positively affect many areas of your
life, giving you a fresh start. An attorney from the firm will review
the circumstances of your conviction and your current situation to determine
whether you are eligible for sealing your criminal record. Fill out the
free case evaluation today to begin the process.
Contact a Riverside expungement attorney
from the firm today for an initial consultation and to learn whether you
may be eligible for sealing your criminal record.