How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?
Alabama has some strict laws about expungement. Only not-guilty and dismissed charges are eligible for expungement. No convictions for felonies or misdemeanors may be removed from your record, and they will remain there forever. Even if your violent felony arrest was proven not guilty, you still have to wait five years before you can petition the court to have it removed. For non-violent lesser offenses, you must wait 90 days before applying for expungement. There is a whole list of other requirements you must comply with also.