Why You Need an Expunction
A criminal charge can follow you for the rest of your life, even if you win your case in court. Even an acquittal or a verdict of “not guilty” does not remove the charge from your criminal record. To permanently remove a charge from your record, you must seek an expunction of the charge. An expunction is the legal process by which a charge is permanently removed or erased from your criminal record.
Most expunctions are done where the charges against the Defendant are dismissed or the Defendant is acquitted of the charge. This procedure is accomplished under the authority of North Carolina General Statute 15A-146. While you are not required to hire a lawyer for have a charge expunged, the expunction can become very complicated and a lawyer can be most helpful. If you have a charge against you that was dismissed or for which you were found not guilty, you may be eligible to have the charge permanently removed from your record so that you can move on with your life.
Expunctions for Certain Convictions
Certain misdemeanor and felony convictions qualify to be expunged under North Carolina law. There are now several methods by which certain non-violent CONVICTIONS can even be removed from an individual’s criminal record, if all qualifications are met. Some methods are for those who were minors or less than 21 years of age at the time of the offense. Other methods require waiting two years after conviction or release from confinement or probation/parole, while some require waiting 15 years after conviction or release from confinement or probation/parole. The requirements for these expunctions are very complex and require an attorney who knows the best way to remove these convictions from your record.