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Those seeking a California expungement need to fulfill the requirements of the court before they are allowed to apply for felony expungement, relief, or other action. In felony cases, these requirements often include jail time.
This does not automatically erase your chances of getting an expungement. A good lawyer can instruct you as to the specifics, but many states will still allow relief to those who have fulfilled the jail time, probationary period and any other requirements. Remember any candidate for relief must do the jail time without incident for maximum consideration.