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Can a Felony conviction be expunged in the state of Missouri, probation will be completed in two months.

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A conviction can be expunged if it qualifies under the rather detailed law laid out in the Missouri Statutes. Felonies that qualify are related to passing bad checks and the like. If you qualify, you will probably need an attorney to file it.


It depends on the felony. If it was passing bad checks, after 10 years, perhaps. For any other felony, I don't believe so

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Certain other felonies after 20 years, assuming no subsequent convictions etc.


Only certain types of misdemeanors and felonies qualify for expungement in Missouri.

For a misdemeanor, 10 years must have passed since the defendant completed his imprisonment, probation, or parole (20 years for a felony) before defendant can file a petition for expungement.

Here's a list of the misdemeanors and felonies that qualify for expungement:


Negligently Setting a Fire, Burning, or Exploding
Tampering in the 2nd Degree
Property Damage – Knowingly Damaging Property of Another
Entry on Posted Property
Disturbing the Peace
Drunkenness or Drinking in Schools, Churches, or Courthouses

Misdemeanor or Felony:

Passing a Bad Check
Fraudulently Stopping Payment On an Instrument
Fraudulent Use of a Credit or Debit Device

To request an expungement, you must file a petition in court. You can request the expungement of the record of the arrest, plea, trial, or conviction.

You don’t have to hire an attorney to file a petition for expungement of criminal records in Missouri, but there will be a hearing in front of a judge. If the judge dismisses your petition for expungement, you will have to wait another year before re-filing, and the court will charge a $100 fee each time you file a new petition.

Below is a link to a blog post I wrote about expungement that includes a link to the form you have to file to petition the court for expungement.

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