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San Diego Expungement and Terminating Probation -How does it work here in San Diego? What is my chance for success?

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2014 | Firm News |

I have had the opportunity to handle hundreds of expungements motions as both a Deputy District Attorney and a San Diego City Attorney.  San Diego expungements is one of the more refreshing sections of criminal law.  Someone is trying to move on with their life.  They have usually completed most of the agreed upon probation terms.  The motion is usually made because that person is getting a new job or other venture.  Someone is making the effort in putting forth the motion.

When I decided to help individuals and leave the government side I made sure expungements was a part of my practice.  Not only am I proficient in it, but it is a necessary part of criminal law from the individual standpoint.  You want to get off probation as soon as possible.   You want to expunge your case the first viable opportunity as well.

I have a whole section regarding expungements which is helpful.   The main questions people have for San Diego expungement cases is as follows:

1. Can I get my case expunged and/or probation terminated?

2. What is my chance to win on these motions?

3. How much will this cost?

A five minute phone call and someone can have that answer.  If you have these questions call me at 858-751-4384.  Every case is different so we need to obtain the specifics to answer the questions above.

The unique part of San Diego Expungements is that every case truly is different.  What court is your case being heard in?  The judge likely hearing the motion?  Some judges want more detail than others.  That is why I feel my prosecution experience helps because I know what the judge wants to hear.  We need to address their potential issues.

San Diego Expungements (to me) is the final chapter in an individuals experience in the criminal process.  Everyone should look into it and seek relief. Have a great Wednesday.  Below is about expungements in Indiana and how some thoughts on the subject.

An Indiana law allowing some criminals to have their records expunged is drawing mixed reviews from judges and attorneys, who say parts of the law don’t make sense.

The goal of the measure that took effect last year is to improve nonviolent offenders’ chances of getting a job by shielding felony convictions from a background check done by potential employers.

Hundreds of offenders across the state have applied for expungement; Monroe County has processed 273 requests during the first six months of this year alone.

While supporters say the law gives offenders a second chance, others argue the process can demean the justice system by effectively making a person’s bad acts disappear.

“There is good, and bad, where this law is concerned,” Monroe County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Bob Miller told The Herald-Times (http://bit.ly/WfjFPf ). “On the one hand, it provides a sort of amnesty for people who made a mistake when they were younger that has haunted them since in terms of education and employment. That part is a good thing.”

But victims can think it’s unfair for an offender to clear his record, Miller said.

That’s happened in Morgan County, where Prosecutor Steve Sonnega has challenged expungement petitions he doesn’t think should be granted.

Sonnega said the positive aspects of the law are often outweighed by the loss of the victim’s rights.

He cited one case in which a man charged with sexual battery had a trial where 11 jurors voted to convict and one stood firm on her not-guilty vote. The victim, a child at the time of the crime, didn’t want to testify a second time, so the charge was reduced to battery and the man pleaded guilty.

During the perpetrator’s expungement hearing earlier this year, the victim testified that she still is haunted by what happened.

“She testified, very powerfully, that she had to live with the consequences of his actions every day and that she believed he should, too — a logical argument from a crime victim,” Sonnega said.

But the law doesn’t allow judges to weigh victims’ testimony.

“There’s not much leeway for a prosecutor or judge, and granting these becomes perfunctory, and that bothers me,” Sonnega said.

Miller noted that even when a crime has been erased from the public record, prosecutors and police still can access the records and use them to determine whether to charge someone with a new offense.

“For example, if you have a drunk-driving conviction expunged and then get another OWI arrest within five years, the expunged conviction can be used to enhance the new charge to a felony,” he said.

Morgan Superior Court Judge G. Thomas Gray, a former prosecutor, said he dislikes the expungement process and objects to a provision that says victims can address the court, but the judge cannot consider their testimony if the expungement fits the statute.

He also objects to a requirement that expungement petitions and hearings be kept confidential.

“It’s an oxymoron. You can’t allow anyone in the courtroom to hear what they say, and it can’t be considered anyway,” he said.

Hire a Proactive, affordable, and quality defense when you are facing San Diego DUI charges.  Whether you have been charged of a San Diego DUI, Poway DUI, La Mesa DUI, Santee DUI, Mission Valley DUI, Clairemont DUI, Point Loma DUI, La Jolla DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Mira Mesa DUI, Pacific Beach DUI, Del Mar DUI, Carmel Valley DUI, Encinitas DUI, Oceanside DUI, Ocean Beach DUI, Escondido DUI, Vista DUI, San Marcos DUI, Carlsbad DUI, El Cajon DUI it is vital you need to hire an attorney who knows how to defend your rights and can determine if the government can prove their case.  Contact the Law Office of Mark Deniz now for a free case evaluation at 858-751-4384 or send an email to [email protected]


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