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California Expungement Lawyers

Our lawyers have 30+ years of experience litigating in California. Quick, efficient and cost effective representation is the name of the game. Getting your criminal record sealed requires competent attorneys who can help you get things done right and quickly. Our clients call on us to make it happen and make it happen fast and affordably. We will fight for your right to a clean record.


A new law signed on Thursday will allow Californians to seal old arrests and convictions from their official records in an effort to give them a fresh start. The bill, SB 731, was introduced by State Senator María Elena Durazo (D-Los Angeles) in March 2021 and was signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sept. 27. 
The law will automatically seal conviction and arrest records in California once a former offender has “fully completed their sentence and successfully gone four years without further contact with the justice system.” It also includes arrest records that did not result in a conviction. It does not, however, apply to registered sex offenses or serious felonies. All criminal histories will still be shared with law enforcement.
The new law will allow millions of people to gain employment, housing, education opportunities and more, proponents say. Officials estimate at least 225,000 Californians will have an old conviction automatically sealed and over one million will be eligible to petition a judge. “California now has the most comprehensive record sealing system in the nation,” said Jay Jordan, chief operating officer of the Alliance for Safety and Justice.
“Millions of Californians will now be able to contribute to this state and its economy, freed from the thousands of counterproductive yet permanent restrictions to opportunity that serve only to destabilize families and undermine our collective safety.”


DUI Expungement in California

This article summarizes some of the practical applications of this new law, identifies who qualifies and explains the process for obtaining arrest record relief. It is important to note that a DUI Expungement in California does not drop the from your DMV records but can greatly increase your quality of life. Once cleared from your record, you may not be discriminated against by a possible employer in hiring or promotion decisions. Additionally, if you’ve had them expunged, you can honestly answer “NO” when asked about criminal convictions. Typically, it takes anywhere from 3 to 4 months to expunge a DUI in California, though delays can occur and the Courts can vary. While nearly every other criminal proceeding is subject to time limits via California law, expungement is often not a priority for courts and is often subject to delays.

Contact our trusted legal team today to get started so you can be the first in line to receive expungement when the new law goes into effect July http://1st.In California, DUI expungement has a greater legal standard than most others, resulting in a higher likelihood for the court to deny and a prosecutor to object to a California DUI expungement. Alongside the coming July 2023 expunge law changes, the key to success is an experienced and qualified attorney. Get experienced and qualified legal counsel with Rosenbaum and Associates.

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Domestic Violence Expungement

Typically, prosecutors are determined to secure a conviction in cases such as these. Additionally, when the police have been called and arrive on the scene of a domestic dispute, they often follow protocol which dictates that an arrest needs to be made. This can occur even if the victim did not call and/or does not wish to press charges. Give us a call today and we will help determine your eligibility! California Penal Code 273.5 Corporal Injury to a Spouse or Cohabitant

“(a) Any person who willfully inflicts upon a person who is his or her spouse, former spouse, cohabitant, former cohabitant, or the mother or father of his or her child, corporal injury resulting in a traumatic condition is guilty of a felony….”Any bruise, mark etc can be considered a traumatic condition. This case is up to interpretation by the prosecution, meaning that depending on the details of the case, the defendant can be charged with a felony or misdemeanor.

  1. California Penal Code 243(e)(1) Domestic Battery
    “When a battery is committed against a spouse, a person with whom the defendant is cohabiting…”Battery against a person with whom the defendant has an intimate relationship means that a person willfully and/or unlawfully touched an intimate partner while using violence or force of some kind. This can be through clothing, and does not have to result in injury or pain to secure a conviction. If convicted of this offense, it can involve a fine, imprisonment or both.
  2. California Penal Code 422 Criminal Threats
    This violation in particular is considered very serious in the state of California, as it not only includes severe penalties, but is also considered a strike in California’s “Three Strike” law.
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Reckless Driving Expungement

Typically, the person is pulled over with the initial suspicion they may have been driving under the influence. There are several factors which may go into determining this but if the driving is determined as “reckless” and no other inhibiting factors such as drugs or alcohol were involved, then the resulting conviction is typically Reckless Driving. While this conviction will not result in an automatic suspension, the Negligent Operator Treatment System (NOTS) is likely to come into effect. This system means that a set number of points can be accrued according to certain time periods. These are, 4 points in 12 months, 6 points in 18 months, 8 points in 3 years. If you’re looking to have a dry reckless conviction expunged from your record, you’ll need a team of experienced attorneys. Rosenbaum and Associates have over 30 years of experience and will help you every step of the way. Contact us today for a consultation on your options for a reckless driving conviction record clearing.

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Drug Possession Expungement

In California, you can be charged if you have a controlled substance on your person or under your control (in your house, car, storage etc). You cannot be charged with possession if you have a medical prescription for the controlled substance. If the drug possession is a first time misdemeanor, the punishment is usually a year in jail and a fine up to $1,000. The circumstances in each case vary, but “simple possession”- possession for personal use- typically means less jail time than possession for sale. Other factors which affect the type/amount of penalty include, Type of Drug, Amount of Drug, Previous Criminal History, Why you had the Drug. Under California Penal code 1203.4 PC, it is possible to get your drug possession charges or conviction expunged from your record. An expungement under this code allows you to withdraw either a guilty or no contest plea, to then re-enter a not guilty plea, and finally to have the case dismissed. If the court grants this, the conviction will be expunged and you are freed from many of the negative consequences of this criminal conviction.

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