What is expungement? how to seal your criminal record?

*UPDATE: Recent changes to the NC expungement law will take effect December 1, 2017. Find out how these changes could affect your criminal charges to see if you will qualify for an expungement.*

Expungement is the process of going to court to ask a judge to seal a court record. Once the case is sealed (or “expunged”) all records of an arrest and subsequent court case are removed from the public record.

This means the records are unavailable through North Carolina state or Federal repositories and the individual may legally deny or fail to acknowledge ever having been arrested for or charged with that crime.

Purpose of Expungements

Most of the time people ask for an expungement when they have been denied a job, housing, or a professional license because of their criminal background.

Note: An expunged record is not destroyed. Police, FBI, immigration officers, and other public officials may still see sealed court files when needed.

Offenses that are Expunged

Offenses may be expunged can range from parking fines to felonies. Different jurisdictions may allow expungement only for arrests and misdemeanor convictions and not allow felony convictions to be expunged.

Speak with a Criminal Lawyer in Raleigh or Wendell

Criminal laws in North Carolina can be pretty complicated, and knowing when an outcome is “in your favor” can be difficult to figure out. Speak with one of our criminal lawyers in Raleigh or Wendell, NC today to see if an expungement is right for you. Call us at 919-615-2473 or Request a case review today!

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