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Can you get a domestic abuse charge expunged?

On Behalf of | Nov 4, 2020 | Criminal Defense |

If you have a domestic violence arrest on your record, it can follow you around for the rest of your life. Fortunately, it’s possible to get some convictions taken off your record in the state of California. But does that apply to domestic violence, or will you have to deal with that conviction for years to come?

Can you get a domestic violence charge taken off your record?

If you have a domestic violence charge, you might be able to get it expunged from your record. However, you’ll typically only be eligible for expungement if the crime was a misdemeanor or it occurred when you were a juvenile. If the crime was a felony, it might be a permanent mark on your record.

Additionally, expungement is usually something that only happens once. If you end up with additional convictions on your record, you probably won’t be able to get them expunged. However, if you were arrested but not convicted, most states will let you take the arrest off your record. You might also be able to get an expungement as part of a plea deal.

Whatever the case, getting your record expunged is one of the best things you can do for yourself. A domestic violence conviction can make it hard to find a job or apply for housing. Additionally, it might be used against you if you have future legal troubles.

Who can help you get your record expunged?

An attorney might be able to help you get your record expunged. Your attorney may be able to review your case and figure out if an expungement is possible. If so, your attorney might help you bring the matter to court. Your attorney may be able to help you get the mark taken off your record so that you can live freely again.