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If you are convicted of a felony, will it be on your record forever? or will it go away from your file?



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anyways_fukitol
well if your over 18 its on their for good but under it gose away

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kathy s
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If you are convicted of a felony it goes into your criminal background record and will stay there (as will misdemeanors). This record is not like your credit record which clears in 7 years. If you are given probation and complete your probation "successfully", meaning paying everything that you are supposed to pay, and doing any community service you are ordered to do as well as paying any restitution and fines you have been assigned, then you can speak to an attorney and find out if your "crime" is one that can be expunged from your record. Juvenile records are not "expunged", but sealed and not reported to people who would normally be able (such as employers) to obtain a background check on you. Adult records can be "expunged" (virtually wiped away) if you have an attorney petition the judge to expunge your record. This is usually available to first time offenders who can show that they are not career criminals but have completed their punishment and are living a productive life and contributing positively to society. I do not know what "crimes" may be on the list of eligible ones, and that may differ between states, as punishment differs between states. It would be wise to obtain the advice of a "good" lawyer.(Bad lawyers are expensive too). They can give you solid advice on what to do. It is well worth it to have this done if possible, since background checks are done for jobs, apartments, purchases, credit of many types and every day more is known about us without us knowing it is "information available". I cannot imagine that it will be any different in the future.
I was an apartment manager in Austin, Texas several years ago working for a management company who would not rent to felons under any circumstances. Even if an applicant checked that they had never been convicted of a felony on their application, I always stated to everyone that if they had been convicted we did a background check which would show this so they should not apply and pay their application fee if they had a felony conviction. Sometimes people would invent some excuse to leave after that, sometimes they would say "well, that let's me out", and leave and sometimes they would go ahead, give me money for their application fee and take their chances. It usually would show up - not always - but usually. I accepted an application from a couple who the man later showed as being convicted of "sexual misconduct with a child" - sounds terrible - it was 13 years before when he was convicted. He was 18 (barely) and his girlfriend was 17 - her mother did not like him - the girl was pregnant and the mother pressed charges against him. He was convicted and got probation. He married the girl after she was 18 and they had 2 children when I met them. It had been 13 years but this still followed him around every where he went. It was virtually impossible to rent a nice apartment in an apartment complex in Austin with his record. I totally understood his situation - he even brought me proof of what his statement said, but I still was not allowed to rent to him. I advised him to look for a duplex or house or small complex that was privately owned where his good credit rating and good job would help him get an apartment where no criminal background check would be run.
Consult an attorney - like I said, a good one - and see if your situation is one that can be fixed. If not, work hard to have good references, good credit and to work your way into a good job. Most people will respect you for turning your life around. Good luck.

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littlechrismary
It's there forever.

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Eastpack69
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of course it will be on your record

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byderule
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you will be branded as a criminal for ever

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fade_this_rally
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unless expunged it will be on your record forever. However, for employment, many employers only check the last 3 to 7 years so it will not show up on your background check if the incident happened before that timeframe.

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Nurse Answer Mama
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It will be there FOREVER.

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brillohead
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im pretty sure if your innocent and all charges are dropped, they will erase it.

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Sandy H
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Wonder what you did.....

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forever unless you have your record expunged by the court.

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dont shoot!!!! its just me
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sorry but it stays with ya on your record for life

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path less travelled
A felony will remain upon one's record unless it is pardoned by a high magistrate or high council or judge or governor or the president himself. It otherwise stays upon the felon's record for life.

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docie555@yahoo.com
I'm a felon, it differs in different states on the time limit. I'm in Okla-coma and I have to wait ten years and ask the Governor for a pardon and then if he grants it, then I can start expungement proceedings. You need to look up the laws for your state on expungement. I know California there is now waiting period. Walk out of prison and ask for an expungement. Some states are 3 years, some two. But, Oklahoma, Texas and Colorado are all ten years.

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smartygirl
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Forever

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lil sammy
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It'll follow you 'till you die. Just be honest about what occurred and how you plan to improve the part of your life that earned you that conviction in the first place. If it's you, then good luck.

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Mommyk232
always there- haunting forever

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jayndee13
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If you were convicted it's on there. The only way off is to expunge it. If you were guilty and did time, it's not going anywhere. Learn to live with your mistake and move on.

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Mr. S
Most likely. U can expunge some felonies, though, after about five years or so.. If the felny is not an armed robbery, rape, murder, or the like, you may be able to wipe it out (expunge).

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Beagle Lover
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yes, its on your record forever.

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RC_f1123
It does stay on the record forever. Would suck to be convicted huh?

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lv_consultant
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it depends on if there were any special agreements made in a plea agreement or if you were found guilty by jury. sometimes a felony will be downgraded to a gross misdemeanor upon successful completion of probation.

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chris c
it depends on how bad of a crime, and if you stay out of trouble after it. if its like a DWI or a fifth degree assalt it should go away in about 7 years. 7 years of being good that is. now if you killed someone or raped a kid it may be there forever. you best bet is to call your local court system and ask them.

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branham337
It will be there until you get a pardon from the governor of your state. At least that is how SC works.

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Misty B
Some states allow felonies committed as a minor to be expunged from your record. I don't know of any state that allows for felonies as an adult to be expunged.

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laurameetsworld
Depends on what state you are in and what the felony is! You need to be more accurate on that! Some felonies can be expunged and you can also request a motion or hearing from a judge to get an order to expunge your felony for special or specific reasons, like a first time offense that messes up your career or whatever! It doesn't hurt to try you have nothing to loose. Talk to a paralegal or attorney to help you figure out if it is a crime that can be expunged and if so when? Like here in california it only costs about $60.00 to do up the paperwork. Check it out online and see what the rules are for your state and county! Good luck.

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Chuck-the-Duck
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If this is a conviction in the state of texas the important thing to remember is the " final conviction" date. This is the date that everything was finished, going to court, getting sentenced or probated etc.. Now Texas has a law called Deferred Adjudication it is where you plead Guilty for Deferred Adjudication and you are placed on probation for however many years they want and IF you complete the probation, ( don't get into anymore trouble, pay all your fines and court costs, and complete any programs that may be required).Not many people complete that program because of the unrealistic expectations placed on them by the Court or their probation officer. However IF you DO complete this probation the Court will order it expunged from your record as if it never happened. If you don't go that route, then you must wait 10yrs. and then apply for expungement of all criminal charges on your record that are over 10yrs. old otherwise YES they stay on your record for life. Also you should Know that it is very expensive to file and request a hearing, but the only one that can remove anything from your record is a judge GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK*********

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Bill
Forever and ever, unless you get it expunged after a pardon. Good luck with that.

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downhome_tn
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Yes, it remains on record. And I apologize for the rude people here who assume because you ask a simple question, then it must undoubtedly pertain to you.

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