top of page


Shan Potts at the Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church

Helping individuals with criminal records by clearing their records and giving them a second chance at life

This past weekend I had the honor of speaking at the fourth annual All Men’s Conference hosted by Tabernacle of Faith Baptist Church, in south LA. I was inspired to see so many men gathered, young and old, from all walks of life.

Rev. John David Long and the staff at Tabernacle of Faith have a long and rich tradition of service in the community. In fact, Rev. Long served for 23 years as the Supervisory Pastor to the U.S. Department of Justice/Federal Bureau of Prisons.

In this country, being convicted of a crime can have devastating consequences. And once out of custody, the hurdles can seem almost insurmountable. The effects of criminal convictions are pervasive and can continue causing harm long after a person has paid their debt to society. I hope that we can reverse this trend. That’s my passion, and that was the focus of my talk.

Criminal Conviction

For many, a criminal conviction is like a scarlet letter that you wear for the rest of your life. But there is still hope.

I have been an immigration and criminal defense attorney for almost 20 years. In my practice, we’ve been successful in clearing criminal records to give people a second chance at life.

There are many reasons why clearing your criminal record can be beneficial. Most employers conduct background checks and candidates with no criminal history have a significant advantage. Also, a conviction can oftentimes disqualify you from receiving public assistance.

For immigrants, the stakes are even higher. The Trump administration has targeted non-citizens with criminal records for deportation. These deportations separate families and tear communities apart. Sometimes these individuals commit serious crimes and should be dealt with properly. But for a lot of folks, it’s often minor crimes, like driving without a license that can trigger immigration consequences.

We assist individuals from all walks of life to get a chance at a better start. A past criminal conviction is a heavy burden, but one that can be lifted.

Contact us at 323-803-7147 if you or someone you know requires legal assistance.


bottom of page