If you have had a criminal conviction, have successfully completed probation or fulfilled all the conditions of the sentence if you were not placed on probation, and have committed no new crimes, you will be eligible to have your criminal conviction expunged. If your offense is expunged, your plea of guilty is set aside and the case is dismissed against you. Once your charge is expunged you can answer truthfully on any job application that you have not been convicted of a misdemeanor of a felony. Also, it is illegal for any employer to use an expunged charge against you in denying you employment or punishing you if you are a current employee.
Also, if you have been convicted of a felony, you may be eligible to have your conviction reduced to a misdemeanor. Certain crimes are considered “wobblers” which means that they can be charged both as a felony or a misdemeanor. If you have successfully completed probation you may be able to get your felony reduced to a misdemeanor.