Whether you may expunge your record or not depends on the violation of the code section you were charged with. If the offense is a wobbler, meaning it may be charged as a felony or misdemeanor, then you would file a motion in court whereby the felony is reduced to a misdemeanor then expunged.
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The State Bar has admitted into practice some persons who have had serious drug convictions in their past. What will matter is the strength of your post-conviction record of rehabilitation. You should take a long look at California's statutory factors of rehabilitation and mitigation. The critical ones involve long-term actions that cannot be crafted out of thin air at the last minute. If you are serious about law as a career choice, you need to keep the stat factors in your hip pocket and work that program every day starting now. And you will need to expect and be prepared for some time consuming, expensive, outcome-uncertain and difficult times with the moral fitness investigation and determination.
Your record cannot be fully cleared. The arrest, charges and conviction will remain on your federal (NCIC - FBI) criminal history record even if you obtain State relief. And California does not offer a true expungement. Even so you may qualify for some limited record remedies and you need to consult with a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney to determine what you may qualify for. You need to do this long before you are making any application to law schools.
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When you have successfully terminated probation you can file a petition to withdraw guilty plea and dismiss under Penal Code Section 1203.4. This is commonly referred to as an expungement although it does not actually erase it from your record. Rather, it will show on your Dept. of Justice record as a dismissal.
The benefit is that if the court grants the petition you will be able to legally deny having been convicted under most circumstances. Unfortunately, one exception when you would still have to admit the conviction is on any application for a state license when asked.
A drug sales offense is not a wobbler and cannot be reduced to a misdemeanor.
Make sure all of your fines and fees are paid before you file the petition as a judge could deny it if probation reports you have a balance.