To accurately answer your question you must first understand that an expungement is not an automatic procedure. Although it appears that the "DA" is willing to work with your attorney, which does not mean the he will not object to an expungement or that a judge will sign an expungement order. You situation might support an expungement but it is not guaranteed. Reducing the misdemeanor to a petty is a guarantee. You just have to make sure that the misdemeanor offense is decertified, meaning that it is taken off the criminal record. If this occurs, you are in the same position as if you had an expungement. The prior misdemeanor offense is then replaced with a plea of guilty to a petty misdemeanor offense that is not reported the BCA and placed on your criminal record because it is not a crime. We are speaking about the criminal record and not a traffic record. Petty misdemeanor moving offense will appear on your driving record. Always remember that your criminal file is public record and potential employers do hire agencies to not only run your record but also go to county courthouses in area of residence and physically look at files. However, if you are in a position to represent that you have no criminal convictions, that should not raise any red flags. I hope this helps. You should speak to your attorney about this and follow his/her ultimate advice. Good luck.
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