How Long Does a Misdemeanor Stay on Your Record in California?

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The length of time a misdemeanor remains on one's record in California depends on the penal code of the conviction, the case disposition, status of probation and whether the convicted person filed a petition for dismissal. Misdemeanors are reportable during background checks for only seven years, per California Civil Code Section 1785.13, as cited by California Labor and Employment Law.

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