Hello, when you said that you had it expunged there are different levels!
Please be advised that a California record expungement
does not “erase” a criminal
conviction. Instead, the expungement updates the record of conviction to reflect that the guilty plea has been withdrawn; a “not guilty” plea has been entered in its place, probation is terminated, and the case has been dismissed. What all of this means is that if someone does a background check on you, even after an expungement, they still may see that the conviction did take place. The benefit of the expungement is that they will also see that the charge was expunged.
In an application for a state license, for public office, or for contracting with the state lottery
, if you are asked whether you’ve been convicted of a crime, you must disclose any criminal convictions, even if the convictions have been expunged. California law also makes it illegal to own, use, or possess a firearm after a felony conviction and after certain misdemeanor
convictions. An expungement does not relive the convicted person of this prohibition. If you are convicted of crimes in the future, the court
can impose stiffer sentences
because of the prior record. Generally, an expungement does not prevent a conviction from still being used as a “prior” for this purpose.
An expungement does not relive a convicted sex offender in California of the duty to register under California Penal Code §290.
You are eligible to have a felony or misdemeanor criminal record
expunged in California if you were:
1. granted probation, and
2. successfully completed probation, and
3. you are not currently charged with a criminal offense, on probation for a criminal offense, or presently in custody.
You are not eligible if you have been to state prison, or convicted under Penal Code §§ 286(c), 288, 288a(c), or 261.5(d).
If you were convicted of a felony our office strongly advises you to petition the court to reduce your felony charge to a misdemeanor before proceeding with the expungement process. While it is possible to outright expunge a felony record, an “expunged misdemeanor” is better than an “expunged felony” because it preserves certain rights and benefits that can be denied to an ex-felon.
If you completed a drug offender program, then you do not have to register anymore but you will still need to disclose the information on a government application.