My question involves expungements or pardons for the state of: California.
When i was 18 a friend of mine decided to rob someone with a bb gun right in front of me. Subsequently we both went to jail and I pled guilty to a felony. My attorney at the time was a family friend who knew it wasn"t me who comitted the crime, but because i didnt stop it, i was considered just as guilty. He told me not to worry and that after i did my jail time i could show my character by completing probation, paying my fines, and because it was my first offense i would be able to discharge probation early and have my charges reduced to misdemeanors. When i paid my fines and finished my probation (a full 3 years). I went to the courthouse to find out how to have my felony reduced to a misdemeanor. Apparently a robbery cannot be reduced. What options do i have to have my charges reduced to misdemeanors? Can i file a writ of error coram nobis, citing the fact that i would have never entered into the plea had i known they would never be reducible?? since my release i have continued to live a straight life, crime free and i am currently in college. My former friend had been arrested for posession of a firearm, and discharging a firearm in public.