How Long Does a Charge Stay on My Record in NC?

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It’s a myth that charges will only stay on your record in North Carolina for seven years. Rather, charges in North Carolina stay on your record forever unless you have petition the court to have them expunged. Some employers may only go back so far to check your background, but some may look at your complete criminal history. Nothing in North Carolina forbids an employer from looking at your criminal background beyond seven years.

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You can have certain charges in North Carolina expunged from your record, depending on what the charge is, when it was received, and what the disposition of it was. Any charge that was dismissed can generally be expunged, minus a few exceptions (such as if you signed an agreement with the Assistant District Attorney that you would not seek an expunction on the charge).
If you pleaded guilty to the charge and were over 18 at the time of the charge, you must wait 15 years before the charge can be expunged in North Carolina. That charge will remain on you record until it is expunged, if it can be.
Please note that not all charges in North Carolina can be expunged, including DWI convictions. Contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation on whether your charges can be expunged, and what the process is to do so. Our office handles expungements in all 100 counties in NC, and most everything can be done by phone or email. Email us at wiley@wileynickel.com for more information.

Felony Breaking and Entering Convictions Can Be Expunged If You Were Under 18 at the Time of the Offense

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Were you charged with felony breaking and entering in North Carolina prior to your 18th birthday? If the case resulted in a conviction (even if the conviction occurred after turning 18), it may be possible to have the case expunged from your criminal record. One of the most important criteria’s for eliNC-Expungementgibility would be the individual has had no prior or subsequent misdemeanor or felony convictions. In other words, this was a once in a lifetime conviction with absolutely no other convictions on the individual’s record.

Of course with a conviction of this severity level, there are other criteria which must be met to qualify for an expungement. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, can assist you in determining if you are eligible to file an expungement of your conviction. Contact our office at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation. In most cases, everything can be done by phone or email and you will never have to visit our office. We handle all counties in North Carolina. Email Wiley at wiley@wileynickel.com for more information.

Can a Traffic Ticket Be Expunged in NC?

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NC-ExpungementIn North Carolina, generally speaking, you are only allowed one expungement in your lifetime. Expungements apply to some misdemeanors and some felonies, but do they apply to traffic tickets? Yes, however it may be best for you not to use an expungement for that purpose.

It is important to note that DWI convictions are no longer eligible to be expunged in North Carolina. As of December 1st, 2015, N.C. legislators decided to remove DWI convictions from the list of convictions which are eligible to be expunged from an individual’s record in North Carolina. However, other traffic violations may be eligible, depending on the circumstances behind the case.

Ultimately, you may want to save your expungement for more severe charges. Even though no one plans on getting in trouble in the future, things happen, and you would be thankful the expungement was not previously used on a minor traffic infraction. If you do have other charges on your record, whether they were dismissed or you plead guilty, they might be eligible to be expunged.

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel can help you file an expungement for your charges. Contact us at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation on your charges. In most cases, everything can be done by phone or email and you will never have to visit our office. We handle all counties in North Carolina. Email Wiley at wiley@wileynickel.com for more information.

Can You Get a Faster Expungement if You’ve Completed the 90-96 First Time Offenders Program?

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ExpungeMyRecord.comDid you complete the first time drug offender 90-96 Program in North Carolina?  Did you complete the program successfully?  If so, then you may be eligible to have the case expunged at a faster pace than the usual 6 to 9 months the process generally takes.

Please contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, at any time at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation to determine your eligibility for an expedited expungement.  Once the case is dismissed a record will remain visible to the public forever unless you have it removed through the legal expungement process.  Don’t miss out on your dream job because a dismissed drug case still remains on your public record.  Our office is located in Cary and we handle expungement petitions for the entire state of North Carolina.  Contact us now to speak with a North Carolina expungement lawyer.