Misdemeanor stays on your record typically forever unless you move to expunge.
You can access criminal records from the internet. From that standpoint,
a conviction stays on your record until you take an affirmative action
to petition accord to have it removed or expunged. Because there are certain
time frames. Sometimes it's five years, sometimes it's eight years
depending on the type of conviction.
If you know what that timeline is and you go to counsel and says, "Okay.
Here's the current state of the law." It's important to remember
the state of law may change. It's important to seek out counsel to
understand what your rights are, when you can petition the court and when
the timing is right.