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Sealing Your Arrest Record for Petty Theft

Were you arrested for petty theft but never actually faced a conviction for the crime you were arrested for? If this is the case, your arrest will show up on your permanent criminal record for the rest of your life. Employers, landlords, and banks will all be able to see your arrest if they choose to perform a background check on you. Even if your case was dismissed, the charges filed against you will still be visible on your permanent criminal record.

Having this information on your permanent record can have a major impact on your life and your ability to secure employment or find housing. In California, you can seal your arrest record for petty theft. The Consumer Arrest Record Equity (CARE) Act, offers help for people who were arrested but not convicted of a crime.

To have your record sealed, you will need to meet the following criteria:

  • No conviction occurred for your petty theft charge
  • You have successfully completed a post-plea deferred entry of judgment
  • Your charge for petty theft has been dismissed
  • Your petty theft charge cannot be refiled because the statute of limitations has expired

The Statute of Limitations for petty theft in California is one year from the date of the offense.

If you have been arrested for petty theft, you are entitled to have your arrest record sealed as a matter of right, so long as you do not evade prosecution. Do not let your petty theft arrest remain on your permanent record. Get legal assistance today.

At, Law Office of Ivan O.B. Morse, we strive to help our clients clean up their permanent criminal record. We understand the trouble that a petty theft charge can cause you throughout your life, which is why we are here to defend your rights. Let us fight for you.

Contact our Dublin criminal defense attorney today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case.