How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?
Felonies and misdemeanors will stay on your record indefinitely if you do not request to have them expunged or sealed. First, if you are found “not guilty” you still must wait two years after the dismissal of your case to apply to have your records expunged. If no charges were filed, you have to wait three years. You must contact the Washington State Patrol to apply. For other convictions, you can petition to have them “vacated” but only after 5-10 years. Some crimes like DUIs can never be vacated and will stay on your criminal record forever.