The Documentary Requirements for ExpungementSince expungement under California Penal Code § 1203.4 is a judicial process, there are a number of steps you need to comply with as well as documentary requirements you will need in order to be granted the petition. While expungement provides great benefits regarding your future welfare, you need to complete the following documentary requirements in order that your petition would be granted due course.The first step is fully determining the contents of your criminal record. In order to be fully apprised of the extent of your crime, you need to fill out the following forms requiring the following information.
- Your Case Number or in parlance called your Docket Number;
- Your Date of Conviction, either by plea or verdict;
- The particular provision of the Penal Code and the Section Number of the crime you were convicted;
- Determination of either plea or verdict. This is most especially important if you entered a plea of guilty or no contest (nolo contendere);
- Determination of any time served for probation;
- Determination if the accessory penalties of payment of fines, payment of restitution or reimbursement was imposed and completed;
- Determination of service of sentence in a state prison and the dates of such service of sentence;
- Determination of start and end date of Parole, if released while serving sentence;All this information is necessary so that your petition for expungement. The following are the places you can search all these information required for the completion of your petition of expungement.
- Court papers you have received as part of your conviction;
- Papers and other information your lawyer at your criminal defense, parole officer if you were placed on parole, probation officer if placed on probation or other contacts with the courts where your case was heard;
- The Superior Court of the county where you were convicted. You would need to ask permission to have copies of your conviction notice;
- The California State Department of Justice, particularly the Criminal Records Division. This would be the repository of all convictions meted out in the state. You would need to pay for the information.
Once you have compiled all of these, you can then reach out to an expungement lawyer to assist you. It is important to be properly advised and guided on the steps towards filing for the relief sought for your records. The form needed to fill out for a expungement in California is the CR-180.
If you are unfamiliar with the court process and are uncertain how to attain the documents and information needed for filing an expungement, you can hire an expungement lawyer who can recover all the proper information and records.
With the advantage of experience in this field, an expungement attorney can maneuver through the courts and get the information needed in a timelier and more efficient manner.
If you have a conviction that you would like to see if you are eligible for expungement, call the Felony Expungement Lawyers of the Law Offices of Ramiro J. Lluis for a free consultation today.