What Will a Background Search Show After My Expungement?

Many of our clients assume or are told by others that an expungement “wipes one’s record clean.” After an expungement is ordered, in other words, one has no convictions and there is nothing showing on one’s record. This is not exactly true in California, although it may be in other states. In California, an order granting relief under Penal Code § 1203.4 (“expungement”) does return defendant’s last plea in a case to not guilty and shows the case is dismissed, but the record of being charged remains. To read more about what one’s background report will show after expungement, click on the following link.


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