How Long do Felony or Misdemeanor Charges Last?
In West Virginia, any felonies and misdemeanors will stay on your record forever unless you apply to have them expunged. If the charges against you were dismissed or you were found not guilty, and you had no other charges, you qualify to petition the court for expungement. You can also apply to have some misdemeanors expunged, but you must follow a strict list of requirements first. Felonies cannot be expunged, and your only option is to have the governor grant you a pardon. Some felonies like sex offenses and violent crime, however, will be on your record forever and cannot be pardoned.