How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?
Except for first-time drug offenses, and four other felony charges (Felony Burglary, Grand Larceny, Prescription Fraud, and Criminal Mischief) will stay on your record forever. Most misdemeanors can be expunged or sealed. When applying you pay all fees, have been clean without any further convictions for five years and complied with all other requirements of your sentencing. In cases where the charges were dismissed, they will be expunged automatically from your record. For old charges, you will need to petition for expungement.