That makes a difference as you must expunge the felony in the state where you got the felony. You might be able to do this from Ohio
, but the paperwork must be filed in California.
I have both good an bad news for you. California is more generous than most states when it comes to cleaning up your criminal record
. It even runs its own very handy, free do-it-yourself expungement self-help center.
It's on the web complete with all necessary forms.
I have provided you with a link to it. It will allow you to check your eligibility for an expungment and then, if you are eligible, it will give you step-by step directions, including links to the downloadable forms you'll need.
When you use the link above and get to the home page, click on "Criminal
Law" from the column on the left. Then click on "Cleaning your Criminal Record," scroll down towards the bottom of the page to the links and expand them so that you can see all of the steps. You could do this for yourself without a lawyer, and it would be completely free.
The bad news is that a CA expungemnt is not a true expungement. That is, it results in a dismissal, which is not recognized by the Federal government for purposes of restoring your state or Federal gun rights.
A California pardon based on a Certificate of Rehabilitation and a finding of innocence probably could satisfy the Federal government,though I must warn you they are all but impossible to get. Still, after 30 years, this is a longshot worth going for.. This site
will give you a lot of information about the state of the law and the interaction between the California and Federal government in this area, but it won't, unfortunately, provide you with any hope, other than what I've already said above.
Again, however, a pardon does not require a lawyer, so there's no reason not to try for one.