My question involves criminal law for the state of: California.
I have a few questions on here with regards to my case and I hope some of you will be able to help me, as I have read quite a few sucess storys on this website.
A little backround on myself, in 2003, days after turning 18 I was convicted of Misd. Contributing to the del of a minor. A few months later I graduated high school and moved on with my life.
Thats the ONLY trouble I had been in up until 2006 when I was arrested for domestic violence & assault with a deadly weapon (a firearm). Alot of the stuff was bogus, and after no trial, but alot of back and fourth between the DA and my attorney, I was convicted of a battery. Not a domestic battery, and nothing else. Simply a battery.
In 2007, I was put in jail for a night for failing to attend my "Domestic Violence" classes, bailed out, continued my classes and graduated.
Now it is 2009 and in a few months my probation will be up. I have had no further incidents, not even a traffic ticket. I am married to the woman who was the victim in this case, and we have since had children.
My questions are this, What is the process for expungement in a case like this? What is the expungement process for my contributing case? As I'd like to get them both expunged. Is this done thru the same court in which I was convicted?
Per state law, my firearm rights were taken away for 10 years. However I am told I can appeal to the court, to have them restored? Is this true? Before my conviction I was a 5 year veteren of an Armed Security company, and a Police Academy graduate.
I know my hopes of being a police officer may be torn forever, however I would like to continue working in security, as I was making a very good living at the stage I was at. ($25 an hour, in California. Of course working armed.
Is the restoration process thru the same court as the court I was convicted in? And where could I review any necessary documents or learn some more about the process? Any websites you may suggest would be appreciated.
Thank you, and if I have left any details out that you may need to answer my questions, I don't mind supplying.