In California, “sex offenses” can run the spectrum, from indecent exposure to very serious offenses based on violence and force. Each specific sex offense is treated differently under current California expungement laws. Many sex offenses can be expunged, but some sex offenses are ineligible for expungement.
If you were convicted of a California sex offense, it is very important to know the exact code section of your conviction before seeking an expungement or any other post-conviction relief. We do this by getting your official criminal record from the Department of Justice.
Assuming that your sex offense is eligible for expungement, you must also meet the following requirements:
- You must have been granted probation;
- You must not have been sent to state prison;
- You must have successfully completed probation;
- You must not be currently facing criminal charges;
- You must not be on probation or parole for any offense.
If you meet all five requirements, we may be able to expunge your sex-offense conviction!
Any sex-offense expungement is a complex case and you can expect the prosecutor to fight it. We have 20+ years experience and know how to present your case in the best light possible. The first step in finding out if we can help you is to get your criminal record and have Mr. Boire review it.
An Expungement DOES NOT End Your Duty To Register
Assuming your sex-offense is eligible for expungement (see above), it is important to know that an expungement WILL NOT end your duty to register under Penal Code section 290. In many cases, however, an expungement is a required step toward ending the duty to register.
To end your duty to register, you will need an expungement, followed by a certificate of rehabilitation. This is an expensive and long process, but for many people, it provides the only way of moving on after a sex-offense conviction.
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