Although your conviction may be dismissed, restrictions resulting from the conviction cannot. An expungement does not:
- Remove the conviction from your criminal history. California and FBI criminal history records will show the conviction and the subsequent dismissal.
- Seal the court case file from public inspection. The court file remains public record available for public inspection.
- Reinstate your right to possess firearms. In some cases, reduction of a non-violent felony to a misdemeanor may accomplish this.
- Relieve you of your duty to register as a sex offender. In some cases, this may be accomplished by way of a certificate of rehabilitation.
- Allow you to omit the conviction from applications for government-issued licenses. You must disclose your conviction and expungment in your license application.
- Allow you to omit the conviction from application for government employment. If you are applying for a government job or a job that requires a government-issued license, certificate or permit, you must disclose the conviction and expungment.
- Allow you to hold public office, if the conviction prevented you from doing so.
- Prevent the conviction from being used to refuse or revoke a government license or permit, such as real estate license, teaching credential, security guard certificate, etc.
- Prevent the conviction from being used as a "prior." The dismissed conviction can be used for determining sentencing enhancements in subsequent convictions.
- Prevent the conviction from being used by the DMV. Expunged convictions may be used to suspend or revoke driving privileges.