There are several things that can be done to clean up your record, and minimize the affect of a criminal record after you have been convicted. Your record can affect government program eligibility, education, licensing, employment, immigration, clearances, and many other areas. Misdemeanors and Felonies can be expunged after probation has been completed or terminated early. An expungement per California Penal Code 1203.4, does not erase the conviction but it results in a dismissal and release from most of the penalties disabilities from the conviction. Many felonies can also be reduced to misdemeanors per penal code 17(b)(3) , so you would no longer have a felony conviction on your record. There is also a Certificate of Rehabilitation which is available after a period of good behavior even if you went to state prison. It can also eliminate sex registration for certain registerable misdemeanors. At the Christoph Law Offices, we have more than 30 years experience working to help our clients get terminated probation early, expungements, felony reductions and certificates of rehabilitation. Our clients have been able to improve results in background checks, licensing, security clearances, immigration and even eliminate misdemeanor sex offender registration. For a free initial consultation call us at 760-659-2149 and we'll discuss your unique circumstances and what we can do to help.