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Will a conviction stay on my record?

Pursuant to California Penal Code 1203.4, Convictions for misdemeanors, infractions, and even some felonies can be expunged after probation is terminated successfully and fines are paid. Society has an interest in not saddling people with criminal records that negatively affect their employment prospects after they have paid their debt to society, so courts are happy to grant expungement requests for deserving persons.

Although expungements do not perfectly wipe clean all record the case, once your case is expunged, it becomes illegal for a potential employer to discriminate against you based on the conviction.