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How long does a misdemeanor stay on your record?

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Misdemeanors stay on a person's record for the rest of their life. Depending on the state a person lives, the state they got the misdemeanor in and the class of the crime, they may be able to apply to have the conviction expunged from their record.

All states treat expunging a misdemeanor differently and if a person receives an expungement, it is no longer on a person's criminal record. Not all misdemeanors are eligible for expungement, so those seeking this need to contact their local courts to see if their specific misdemeanor is eligible and what the process is for removal.


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