Vacating Convictions

  • Deportable Offenses: Vacating Your Guilty Plea to Avoid Deportation

The “collateral consequences” of a criminal conviction can be devastating.

These are the repercussions attached to criminal convictions. During the pendency of criminal proceedings, these consequences may not be readily apparent because they are often felt after the fact, like when you want to apply for a job, a business license, a professional license, or want to apply for a student loan, a public benefit, public housing, as well as the loss of certain civil rights, such as the right to vote, should be convicted as a felon.

Employment: A previous criminal conviction, particularly one involving theft offenses, can prevent you from qualifying for a job, even if you are well-qualified and credentialed.

Immigration: A criminal conviction can disrupt your immigration proceedings substantially by presenting a bar to certain forms of immigration relief, such as qualification for a non-immigrant visa, an immigrant visa, lawful permanent residence or citizenship. If you are here unlawfully or even if you have a green card, you can be placed before an immigration judge for deportation proceedings should you be convicted of a deportable offense.  (We have an immigration lawyeron board to discuss these consequences and what our law firm can do to vacate your criminal conviction (if you are eligible to have your plea vacated)).

Registration requirements: If you are convicted of certain sex offenses, you may be required to register as a sex offender for life.  If you are convicted of certain drug offenses, you may be required to register as a narcotics offender.

Our attorneys can move to withdraw your plea of guilty or no contest within 120 days of your conviction. Past that amount of time, it becomes more difficult to move to vacate your plea, but the relief may still be available to you through a “motion coram nobis” provided certain requirements are met.

Don’t let a criminal conviction saddle you for the rest of your life and prevent you from accomplishing what you want in life.  The consultation is free and we are available 24 hours a day. Email us or call us today at 310-375-5858.