A felony is the most serious criminal offenses under California law. Like other criminal convictions, a felony conviction will remain on your record — unless you take action to have it removed through a process known as expungement.
Some people who have been convicted of California felonies are eligible to have their conviction expunged. While expungement does not completely erase a conviction, it does carry with it certain benefits.
An individual convicted of a felony may qualify for expungement if they have (1) successfully completed probation; and (2) is not currently charged with a criminal offense, on probation for a criminal offense, or serving a sentence for a criminal offense. Generally, a person who served time in California state prison is not eligible for expungement — unless they would have served their sentence in county jail if their crime was committed after realignment. An experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney can work with you to determine if you may be eligible for expungement based on 2011’s Prop 47 realignment legislation.
Certain crimes are considered to be so serious that they are not eligible for expungement. These include all crimes all offenses involving sexual abuse of children.