My Child was Arrested. How Can I Help Them?

Being young happens and sometimes our children and other loved ones get swept up in situations that turn into something much larger with great repercussions, such as arrests or convictions. If your child was arrested and you are tired of seeing them struggle to achieve their dreams and move on with their career goals, you will want to follow these helpful steps. 

Talk About It

Communication is key to making things happen. Open up a conversation to create a plan of action. Have your child write down their goals and determine what steps they need to get there.

For example, if your child wants to become a Registered Nursing Assistant, they will need to go to school, get training through an internship or part-time job, pass a state board for state licensing, and then find gainful employment with a stable employer. Starting a list and marking each achievement down will show your child they are making progress to achieve their goals.

Pull a Reliable Background Check Report

Information is at an employer’s fingertips with online background checks. Ensure your child’s background check makes a good first impression.

The most reliable background check is going to be a background check regulated and overseen by the state’s repository. For example, if your child’s case occurred in California, they should pull their Department of Justice (DOJ) Background Check. You can learn about how to pull a DOJ Report here

Reach out to the Experts to Clear the Record

Once the criminal record report comes back, reach out to the professionals at The Law Firm of Lifeback Legal to discuss what options are available to clear your child’s record through expungement or record sealing.

Most commonly, when a case leads to a conviction and you have completed fines and probation, the case will qualify to be expunged. An expungement will change the case from a conviction to a dismissal, allowing your child to legally deny the existence of the case. 

Generally, for cases that never led to a conviction, such as an arrest with dropped or dismissed charges, the case will qualify to be sealed under entitlement in which the case will no longer be accessible to the general public. 

Lifeback Legal is a division of the Law Firm of Shea M. Randall, a trusted California Law Firm. We specialize in helping individuals get their life back with California criminal record expungements and federal licensing services. We are a full service Law Firm — from gathering documentation, hand-crafting petitions, and dealing with the headache of the Courts. We will appear on your behalf to show the Court that you deserve relief.

Contact our office to day to discuss how we can help lift the weight of a criminal record from your child’s background check. You can reach us by filing out the contact form below or by calling our office at (888) 751-5329

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