DOMENIC J LOMBARDO SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

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DISMISSING

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Only an Experienced California Criminal Defense Attorney

Can Review the Specific Facts of Your Case and Provide You

with Advice About Your Eligibility; However, a Basic

Understanding of the Criteria for Dismissal and the

Procedures Involved May be Beneficial in the Meantime

DOMENIC J LOMBARDO

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Just a couple of generations ago a criminal conviction for something minor

was easily forgiven and forgotten. Not today. In the 21st century, a criminal

conviction for even a minor offense can have serious negative consequences above and beyond the punishment meted out by the court. In fact, the non-judicial consequences of a criminal conviction are often of greater concern than the sentence handed down by the court. Fortunately, if your conviction was entered in California you may qualify to have your conviction

dismissed, or cleared, from your record. Only an experienced California criminal defense attorney can review the specific facts of your case and provide you with advice about your eligibility; however, a basic

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People often make the mistake of focusing only on the immediate

consequences of a criminal conviction, meaning the sentence imposed by the court. In their haste to avoid a jail sentence, defendants often accept a probation only guilty plea without considering the long-term consequences of the conviction. Some of those consequences, however, can be serious, including, but not limited to:

Loss of current employment

Disqualification for future employment Loss of driving privileges

Loss of eligibility for assistance programs Loss of eligibility for federal student loans Disciplinary action for professional license Disqualification for residency or citizenship

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In the State of California, if you were convicted of an infraction or misdemeanor you may qualify for

dismissal. Certain driving and sex crime offenses are excluded from eligibility for dismissal. In addition, if you were convicted of a felony but were not sentenced to prison or put under the authority of the State Department of Corrections and

Rehabilitation your conviction may also qualify for dismissal. If you were convicted of a felony and the previous qualifications do not fit your

sentence, you may be eligible for a Certificate of Rehabilitation and Pardon; however, this does not have the same effect as a dismissal.

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You successfully completed probation or obtained early release; You also have paid all the fines, restitution, and reimbursements ordered by the court as part of your sentence;

You are not currently serving another sentence or on probation for another offense; AND

You are not currently charged with another offense.

If you were never sentenced to probation, the following conditions must be met:

Your conviction was a misdemeanor or an infraction;

It has been at least 1 year since the date you were convicted; You have complied fully with the sentence of the court; You are not currently serving another sentence;

You are not currently charged with another offense; AND

You have obeyed the law and lived an honest and upright life since the time of your conviction

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crime or serving a sentence for another crime, the court may consider dismissal:

You received probation but you did not get an early release You did not fulfill all the conditions of probation

You were convicted of any offense listed in Vehicle Code section 12810(a) to (e)

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While having your conviction dismissed is certainly beneficial, it is

important to understand what a dismissal does, and does not, accomplish. A dismissal usually allows you to answer “no” if asked by a private sector employer if you have been convicted of a criminal offense. You must answer “yes, conviction dismissed” if asked by a

governmental employer. The employer is required by law to treat you as if you have no conviction.

Law enforcement agencies and courts will still be able to find the record of your conviction and use it against you should you be convicted of another crime in the future.

If your conviction requires to you register as a sex offender, a separate procedure is required to ask the court to relieve you of that

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Even a dismissed conviction may affect your driving privileges. A dismissal does not allow you to own or possess a firearm if your conviction prevented same.

A dismissal will not allow you to hold public office if the original conviction prevented same.

If you have been convicted of criminal offense in California and you believe you may be eligible to have the conviction dismissed, contact an

experienced California criminal defense attorney to discuss your options.

California Courts, Cleaning Your Record

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About the Author

Domenic J. Lombardo

Domenic J. Lombardo, (Attorney at Law) graduated from University of California, Los Angeles (U.C.L.A.), earning a B.A. in Economics-Business, before graduating with his J.D. from University of California, Hastings School of Law. He passed the California Bar Examination on the first try, and immediately began practicing as a criminal defense attorney in San Diego, California. Mr. Lombardo worked as a defense lawyer at the San Diego Office of the Public Defender from 1991 to early 1996.

Mr. Lombardo opened the Law office of Domenic Lombardo in 1996 as aa sole practitioner dedicated entirely to the defense of individuals accused of crimes. And while Mr. Lombardo works as the primary attorney for all his cases, he does have a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and paralegals to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case.

When he is not working, Mr. Lombardo is an avid family man, triathlete, and world traveler.

The Law Office of Domenic J Lombardo

The Executive Complex 1010 Second Ave., Ste. 1820 San Diego, CA 92101

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