Santa Barbara criminal defense lawyer Bill Makler

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Some people are under the impression that their criminal record either disappears with time or that it can never be altered. Neither is true. The majority of infractions, misdemeanors and many felonies can be expunged pursuant to Penal Code section 1203.4. Doing so limits, though may not eliminate, the damaging effect of a criminal conviction to one's general reputation and career future. However, this is a complicated area of the law and, accordingly, before any assumptions are made concerning one's eligibility for the remedy of expungement, a consultation with a qualified lawyer is a must. If you wish to explore your eligibility for expungement you may contact us for a free and confidential consultation.

Penal Code Section 1203.4, provides, in part:
"[Petitioner shall] permitted by the court to withdraw his or her plea of guilty or plea of nolo contendere and enter a plea of not guilty; or, if he or she has been convicted after a plea of not guilty, the court shall set aside the verdict of guilty; and, in either case, the court shall thereupon dismiss the accusations or information against the defendant and except as noted below, he or she shall thereafter be released from all penalties and disabilities resulting from the offense of which he or she has been convicted, except as provided..."

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