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Can you expunge your North Carolina criminal record?

If you reside in North Carolina and have an existing criminal record, you may find that your past is haunting you and hindering your ability to live life as you would like. Depending on the details of your criminal history, your record can affect your life in numerous ways, impacting everything from where you can live and work to whether you can cast a vote or own a firearm.

While having a criminal record can certainly create new obstacles, you may, depending on certain factors, be able to reduce the damage your criminal record does to your life. More specifically, if you are eligible, you may be able to pursue a record expunction (sometimes called an “expungement”), which essentially destroys your criminal record and gives you the right to attest that a particular crime never occurred.

Determining expungement eligibility

If you wish to pursue a criminal expungement in North Carolina, your situation must first meet certain criteria. Typically, the contents of your criminal record must fit one of the following three circumstances. In the first scenario, your offense was non-violent in nature, it was your first offense and it must have happened more than 15 years from the date you sought the expungement.

In the second scenario, your offense must have been your first, and you must have committed it before you turned either 18 or 22, depending on the specific crime. In the third scenario, you may be able to pursue an expunction if you received a charge that a court or judge later dismissed or disposed “not guilty.”

If you are successful in your pursuit of a record expunction, you will, with very few exceptions, no longer have to disclose the details of your criminal past on housing applications, job applications and the like. In other words, an expunction can help you put your past behind you while giving you the fresh start you need to move forward with your life.


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