Background checks for employment, professional licensing, college admission and financial aid, or even renting an apartment have become common. If you have a criminal record from a mistake made many years ago or even for a recent conviction, California law provides for a means to clear your record.

Expungement is a legal process by which a conviction or plea of either guilty or no contest in a criminal case is set aside and the case is dismissed. It relieves the defendant of certain penalties and disabilities that result from a criminal action, such as having to divulge his or her criminal record on employment applications or in other similar situations.

At Salmu Law Firm, in San Diego, we help individuals navigate the expungement process so they can clear their record as quickly as possible, often within a matter of a few months.

Once your conviction is expunged, you can lawfully tell potential employers, landlords, loan officers and others that you have never been convicted of a crime.


Although the criminal record itself is not physically destroyed or permanently sealed through expungement, it is removed from the public record. Only governmental agencies will have access to the record. This means that applying for employment at a private company will reveal no criminal background, as will a background check conducted by any personal or professional acquaintance.

We bring the same personal attention and emphasis on client objectives in our effort to clear your arrest record that we use in all other criminal defense work.

If you are wondering whether you are able to clear your criminal record, call 619-579-4200 to schedule a consultation.