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North Carolina Expungement Process Explained

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What is an NC Expungement?

Expungement is the process in which a person convicted of a crime is eligible to have that charge removed from their record. Even after a case is dismissed, the charge will remain visible to future employers, customers, landlords, universities, and insurance agents. If not properly handled, this can have serious negative implications on your future. It is strongly advised you speak with an experienced attorney to manage your case.

At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we have experienced Raleigh Expungement Lawyers to handle your case. We will work tirelessly to make sure we defend your rights, and that you walk away with a clean record.

Expungement Eligibility

Expungements vary from case to case, but you may be eligible for any of the following:

  • Expungement of Juvenile Records
  • Expungement of Juvenile Records for Dismissed Cases
  • Expungement of Drug Offenses for Persons 21 and under
  • Expungement for Cases of Identity Theft
  • Expungement for Misdemeanor Possession of Alcohol (under 21)
  • Expungement of Misdemeanors Committed before 18th birthday
  • Expungement when charges are dismissed and there are findings of Not Guilty
  • Expungement when a pardon of innocence is Granted by the governor
  • Expungement for first offenders (21 and under) of certain drug paraphernalia charges
  • Expungement of certain gang offenses (17 and under)
  • Expungement of Non-Violent felonies committed under the age of 18
  • Expungement of Older Non-Violent Misdemeanor and Felony Charges (5 year wait for certain misdemeanors and 10 year wait for certain felonies)

   The Process

Step #1: Determining Eligibility – Varies case to case, we will determine eligibility based off your court records.

Step #2: Filing the Petition – Once determined eligible, we will file a petition for expungement in the clerk’s office in the county where you were charged.

Step #3: Review by the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) – Following the initial signature from a judge or district attorney (if required) the petition will be sent to the SBI. They will conduct a search on your criminal history in NC and attach any additional records. Those additional records will be sent to the NC Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC). After reviewing the petition for prior expungements, the AOC attaches its findings and sends it back to the clerk’s office in the county where the crime took place. This process is quite lengthy and can take multiple months.

Step #4: Final Judgement by the Court – Once the petition is returned to the courthouse, a judge makes a final jurisdiction based on the information from the SBI and AOC. It’s up to the judges discretion if they want to grant expungement without a formal hearing. If there is any question about the subjects eligibility, or an objection from the District Attorney, then a formal hearing might be required. That final hearing will either grant or deny expungement.

Step #5: Removal of Expunged Records – The clerk of court is statutorily required to send notice of expunction to all relevant agencies that have information about your case.

Law Firm Located in Cary, NC

Our main office is located at 2401 Weston Parkway in Cary, NC off exit 287.

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC

At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we handle misdemeanor criminal charges and low level felony charges in Wake County.  Our firm practice areas include: DWI/DUI’s, marijuana charges, assault, battery, larceny, theft, traffic tickets, and more. We strongly advise talking an attorney to discuss your possible options and to ensure your charges are handled in an appropriate manner.  If you are looking for a Wake County Criminal Defense Lawyer Wiley Nickel, Kristi Haddock, or Melissa Botiglione at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.

Tips for picking the best Criminal Defense Attorney in Wake County

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If you have been charged with a crime in the state of North Carolina, whether it be a misdemeanor or felony, you should be in contact with an experienced Criminal Defense Attorney as soon as possible. Here are some tips that will help you choose a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Wake County.

  • Courtroom Experience
  • Reputation in the Legal Community
  • Confidence, not Arrogance
  • Someone you can Trust
  • Do they take the time to Explain your Options?
  • Leader in the Law and Educating Lawyers
  • How big is the support team at the office?

Comfort with your criminal defense lawyer is key.  When you’re lookiing for the best criminal lawyer in Raleigh it’s important to find a law firm that cares about you and understand how hard it can be to face criminal charges – for many of our clients this is the first time they’ve been charged with a crime.  We will take the time to explain your options and make sure you understand the process.  We care about our clients and are always available to talk about issues involving your case.

Law Firm Located in Raleigh, NC

Our main office is located at 2401 Weston Parkway in Cary, NC off exit 287. However, we also have another location at 6220 Angus Drive, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC.

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC

At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we handle misdemeanor criminal charges and low level felony charges in Wake County. Our firm practice areas include: DWI/DUI’s, marijuana charges, assault, battery, larceny, theft, traffic tickets, and more. We strongly advise talking with an attorney to discuss your possible options and to ensure your charges are handled in an appropriate manner.  If you are looking for a Wake County Criminal Defense Lawyer contact Wiley Nickel, Kristi Haddock, or Melissa Botiglione at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.

How do I clean my North Carolina Criminal Record?

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Everyone makes mistakes, but everyone also deserves a chance at redemption. In the state of North Carolina, cleaning your record is referred to as the expungement process. The expungement process can be quite convoluted, and is subjected to several conditions depending on your case.

Even if your case was dismissed, a charge on your record can still negatively impact your professional aspirations, getting into schools, your insurance, and more. It’s important that you speak with an experienced expungement attorney to make sure your case will be properly handled. At the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we have attorneys with years of experience handling expungements.

Am I eligible for my case to be Expunged?

There are numerous factors that may allow you to have your charge expunged. Here are some of the more common questions we receive. 

  • Age during offense
  • Were you arrested?
  • Were you convicted?
  • What is the class of offense?
  • Do you have any prior criminal history?
  • Have you had something expunged in the past?
  • Do traffic violations count?

Law Firm Located in Raleigh, NC

Our main office is located at 2401 Weston Parkway in Cary, NC off exit 287. However, we also have another location at 6220 Angus Drive, Suite 105, Raleigh, NC.

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC

At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel we handle misdemeanor criminal charges and low level felony charges in Wake County. We strongly advise talking with an attorney to discuss your possible options and to ensure your charges are handled in an appropriate manner.  If you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer or a Wake County Expungment Lawyer contact Attorney Wiley Nickel or Attorney Kristi Haddock at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.