How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?
Some felonies can stay on your criminal record for life. Others you can have expunged, but you must go through a lengthy legal/paperwork process to do so. The same goes for misdemeanors; they will be on your record for life if you do not apply to have them removed. You can go through the expungement process to have them removed as long as you qualify. California criminal background checks are supposed to show only the past seven years of criminal records.