Can you clear a felony record?
Yes! If you have been convicted of a felony crime and would like to clear this conviction from your record, California Law provides relief if you are eligible and request it. Felony expungement is similar to misdemeanor expungement, but harder to achieve.
Who is eligible for expungement?
Under California Penal Code §1203.4, a court must dismiss a felony conviction if you were sentenced to jail and/or probation and:
1. You successfully completed probation or obtained early release;
2. You have paid all fines, restitution, and reimbursements that were part of your sentence;
3. You are not currently serving another sentence;
4. You are not on probation for another offense; AND
5. You are not currently charged with another offense.
A court may expunge a charge, using its discretionary authority, if you are currently on probation or were previously sentenced to probation and did not fulfill all probation conditions. To be eligible for discretionary expungement, you must pay all fines, restitution, and reimbursements. You cannot have any current charges against you, must not be on probation for another offense and must not be serving another sentence.