How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?
South Carolina law makes it very easy for first-time offenders to have their records expunged. With misdemeanors, you have to wait three or five years (depending on the crime) to request to have your record expunged. You cannot have traffic violations, hunting or fishing crimes and most violent crimes expunged along with many felonies as well. When applying, you must comply with a whole list of requirements. If you do not request expungement, your criminal records will stay on file forever.