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When did your friend complete his sentence?
Well, in Arizona a Conviction can be expunged, but unfortunate if your friend was convicted of a violent drive by shooting, he might have to wait 20 years or longer before he would have a fair shot of getting his conviction expunged, as violent felony convictions are extremely difficult to get expunged, than non-violent ones, and the judge would generally want to see a very long time passed without any other criminal issues and full rehabilitation, before an expungement would be entertained by the court.
Is you friend still on probation?
Also, an expungment does not mean "clean record"
It simply means that if a conviction is expunged, it would not have to be mentioned for most non-governmental purposes, however your friend would still be considered a convicted felon.
Does this make sense?
If he can get an expungement approved and granted by the court, but it is not likely with a violent crime and only 10 years after the release from prison.
I would suggest for you friend to consult with a local post-conviction relief attorney and this local attorney will be able to evaluate your friend's specific criminal case and conviction and would be able to determine if your friend have a chance to apply for an expungement or full pardon at this time.
There is no way for anyone to make this type of recommendation, without fully reviewing your friend's case and all the other facts.
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