Expungement refers to a legal process in which an individual petitions a court judge requesting that a case be dropped and their criminal record sealed. Despite the fact that the record is not physically destroyed, expunging a criminal record means that it is no longer available for review and therefore cannot be used against you. Keep reading for more information on the top reasons to have your criminal record expunged.
Increasing Your Employment Opportunities Nearly every employment application you fill out will ask questions regarding your criminal history. This is because most employers have the legal duty to exercise due diligence when hiring new employees, in which they must ensure that the person they hire is not a danger or unfit for the job due to a previous criminal record or the possibility of recurrent offenses. When your criminal record is expunged, your past mistakes will not prevent you from getting the job that you need.
Obtaining a Loan Having a criminal record makes it extremely difficult to obtain a loan, including car loans, home loans, student loans, and other personal loans. Fortunately, having your criminal record expunged with the help of a criminal defense lawyer will make it easier for you to obtain the financial support you need to rebuild your life following a conviction.
Renting or Buying a Home A number of homeowners and landlords fear the thought of renting a piece of property to an individual with a criminal record, either because they are worried about the safety of their property or losing money on their investment in the event the conviction results in prison time. Fortunately, a criminal defense lawyer can help get your record expunged in order to make it easier for you to find housing for yourself and your family.
Learn how you can have your criminal record expunged or have the charge reduced by contacting Hinkle, Jachimowicz, Pointer & Emanuel Law at (408) 916-1413. Our criminal defense lawyers are your number one resource for high-quality legal representation in San Jose. Call today to schedule your free consultation with one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers.