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Hi, Jeff had to leave. This rather nice young lady who had stayed in his home with her husband years before, came to town and needed a place to stay while she tended to some business with her children who were in the care of their father. She never went anywhere without her lap top computer, and accompanied a friend's son up to his home in another state. He had been visiting with his father and things didn't go well and he needed to go home and he needed to be accompanied. Jeff decided to clean out his truck's back seat which was completely taken up with music boxes, etc. He removed the boxes and found a folder full of credit cards. He took them to his room which she was sharing while she was in town, and just set them on the counter. He had never seen them before and expected her back in a couple of days. However, there was a raid on our house and his room in the garage was searched (her side of course), but the folder was just laying out on the counter in plain sight. He was arrested. They could not locate her and he got stuck with the charge of stolen identities (he, who is not computer literate). Anyway, he was told in 5 years (he thinks it might be less) that his record could be cleared so he doesn't have to admit to a felony every time he fills out a job application. His attorney said he knows he didn't do it, but he was found with the evidence and that's how it stands. She is in prison we understand in Southern California which gives us some comfort. Anyway, we were told that in time we could his record expunged or whatever, so he can get a job, and what is involved in doing that. Is it expensive. Any information you can give us would be greatly appreciated.
We understood at the time of conviction that in 5 years he could get it removed from his record as far as not having to show it on applications for jobs, etc., but he would not be eligible for government jobs. This is his concern since now-a-days they don't look at a job-seeker until they have gone over the resume. Is this so in California?