Today’s job market is intensely competitive. Employers are conducting background checks as part of the hiring process. Even if it has been years since a past criminal conviction those applying for jobs are often unable to find work.

Many talented people are locked out of the job market because of a criminal record.

What many are unaware of is that in California the law allows certain individuals with criminal records to clear criminal offense from their record. Those who have successfully completed probation may petition the court to clear (vacate), reduce, or seal past offenses.

Once a judge grants the petition an individual does not have to disclose a cleared conviction when applying for a job, to a school, or for housing. Clearing a criminal record is a great way to put the past behind you and open up opportunities, allowing individuals to focus on the future.

Clearing a criminal record is important because it allows individual to compete for the job of their dreams. Upon obtaining a court order vacating a criminal conviction an employer may not unlawfully discriminate against an individuals seeking employment.

What is California Proposition 47?

On Tuesday, November 7 2014, California voters passed Proposition 47, which allows certain individuals with nonviolent felony offenses to reduce the penalty to a misdemeanor.

Learning more about clearing a criminal record is an important step in advancing your career. is an online legal service providing an array of criminal record clearing and post convictions services. The Better Start was founded by attorney Shan Potts.

Shan Potts, Esq., is an attorney practicing criminal defense and immigration law. He has successfully counseled hundred on the effects of criminal records and post conviction defense.

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