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First, the charge you plead guilty must be classified as a “wobbler.” Under California law, a wobbler is a crime that can be charged as either a felony or a misdemeanor.
Second, you must be given a probationary sentence. Even if you had to do time in county jail you can still reduce your case to a misdemeanor. If probation was denied, and you were sentenced to State Prison, then you are not eligible for a reduction to a misdemeanor, or an expungement pursuant to penal code section 1203.4. At this point, in order to get relief your must file for a certificate of rehabilitation and then pardon from the governor.