Expungement Attorneys in North Carolina
Expungement in North Carolina
While North Carolina refers to its process of sealing records as expungement, the state does not truly destroy all records. North Carolina limits individuals to one expungement in their lifetime, so officials are maintained to ensure that no previous expungements have been granted. While your record still exists, it is only accessible to state judges. If your expungement is granted the general public cannot view the records, and employers or landlords conducting screenings will not have access to the information. You are also legally allowed to answer “no” to questions regarding your criminal records if your petition for expungement is granted.
You are eligible to have a felony or misdemeanor conviction expunged if it meets specific criteria:
- Has to be a misdemeanor or level H-I felony and does not:
- involve any type of assault
- require you to register as a sex offender
- involve possession of methamphetamines or heroin, or the sale and delivery of cocaine
- involve a hate crime
- involve the use of a commercial motor vehicle
- You can not have any convictions outside of a traffic citation
- You must wait fifteen (15) years from the last date of the active sentence or probation, or from the date of your conviction if the punishment was only a fine.
Juveniles are eligible if:
- You were under 21 at the time for drug offenses
- If you committed a misdemeanor or non-violent felony before turning 18
- If you were convicted of gang-related offenses prior to turning 17