You can get as many expungements as the law allows. Some types expungements bar you from getting certain other types of expungement in the future and for other situations there could be multiple expungements allowed. It’s all very fact specific.
Certain Convictions under 18 and Certain Drinking Tickets under 21
Many can get an NC expungement of a misdemeanor conviction for an offense committed before the age 18 plus certain drinking tickets before age 21. That expungement statute does not list a prior expungement as a bar to getting one.
Dismissal/Not Guilty Expungements
In many cases you can’t get a dismissal expungement if you’ve had certain other types of expungements. If you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record and want to get an expungement for a dismissed case that conviction likely does not bar you from a dismissal expungement. For many clients the order of using their expungements is very important and if there are multiple things going on you could limit the possibilities for expungements if you do them in the wring order.
15 Year Wait Expungements
For many clients their public records can be erased through the expungement process for one misdemeanor or low level felony after 15 years have passed (assuming it’s the only criminal conviction on their record). In that situation most other prior expungements could block them from the 15 year wait kind of expungement. An expunction of a dismissal is the one type of expungement that is not listed as a bar to getting the 15 year type.
A prior expungement generally makes it difficult for a person to get an expungement more than once. However there is not a rule that allows only one expungement for all scenarios. The terms of each statute control whether a person can obtain another expungement. North Carolina law creates a narrow path to additional expungements in many situations. All cases are different. If you have questions about getting a second expungement contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation. Our NC Expungements Lawyers will answer your questions and let you know if we can expunge criminal records for you.
A link for a great Op-Ed from the News & Observer. Text below.
“N.C. bill would help those with criminal records
In North Carolina, 1.6 million people have an arrest or conviction that makes it difficult to find stable work. These barriers to employment follow a person long after he or she has served time for past crimes and attempted to start a new life. I know because I am one of those people.
In 2007 I made a poor choice that resulted in a nonviolent felony conviction. At the time I was a well-educated woman who had graduated cum laude from a local university and had never committed a crime. My lawyer had assured me that with my background, the felony, wouldn’t hurt me much. He was wrong.
After the conviction, I immediately lost my career. Over the next nine years, I was continually rejected for positions where I met, and sometimes exceeded, the job qualifications. I experienced homelessness and my credit suffered, but worst of all was the stigma and judgment that followed me everywhere and the assumptions that people made based on one check box on a job application.
I am much more than a mistake I made 10 years ago. So are over a million people in North Carolina with an arrest or conviction from their past. Punishing people their whole lives for one mistake not only hurts that person’s chances at ever living a stable, productive life but also doesn’t make economic sense for the community either. People who can’t find work are significantly more likely to return to crime as a means of survival. Additionally, North Carolina loses an estimated $1 billion in GDP annually due to the exclusion of people with criminal records from the workforce.
The North Carolina General Assembly is starting to recognize that erecting lifelong employment barriers to people with records increases recidivism and reliance on public assistance. That’s why last month legislators introduced a new bill, House Bill 409, to help alleviate these barriers. The bill, which only affects state employers, aims to reduce barriers by moving inquiries into a person’s prior arrests or convictions until after a job interview, affording the applicant a chance to meet face-to-face with potential employers. State employers still will conduct background checks, but delaying initial inquiries offers them the opportunity to take into account an applicant’s qualifications, skills and rehabilitation efforts, as well as information on criminal history, before making a hiring decision. HB409 recently passed the House by a vote of 98-14 and now moves to the Senate.
The bill reads: “The General Assembly finds that the ability to procure meaningful employment is essential to reinstating good citizenship for individuals who have a criminal record. The General Assembly declares that the State encourages the successful reintegration of people with a criminal history and recognizes that reducing barriers to employment for persons with a criminal history is a matter of statewide concern. The purpose of this section is to implement hiring practices that will increase employment opportunities and will reduce recidivism and improve community stability.”
I am fortunate that in 2016 I was exonerated and all charges were dropped. But the years of unemployment and underemployment still haunt me. If employers had taken the time to meet me and discuss my education and experience, I am confident I would have been offered positions in my field. So many good, qualified job applicants are not afforded this chance. Especially in today’s world of online applications, people who admit to a felony are screened out electronically.
It is an employer’s right to perform due diligence before hiring a candidate, so House Bill 409 does not prohibit employers from performing a background check on an applicant. However, it does allow applicants a chance to be judged by their merits instead of being screened out based on a past mistake. It is a compromise that recognizes an employer’s need to keep the workplace safe and an applicant’s need for adequate consideration of all that he or she can offer. In this time of divisions and fractures within our communities, a fair compromise is exactly what we need.
Susan was convicted of identity theft over credit cards. She disputed the charge, but agreed to a plea bargain rather than risk incarceration. Her full name has been withheld.”
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March 17, 2017
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About The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC:
“When your future and reputation are at stake, an experienced Raleigh Criminal Defense Lawyer makes your rights a priority.”
As a former Deputy District Attorney Wiley Nickel has the experience that matters most. With a practice based on trust, respect, discretion and professionalism, Raleigh Criminal Lawyer Wiley Nickel helps his clients avoid the dire consequences of criminal charges.
As a Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney, Wiley focuses on Wake County Misdemeanor charges and Raleigh DWI/DUI offenses. A DWI or other criminal charge can have a profound effect on your life and financial situation, and the right Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney makes all the difference. Fighting traffic tickets, which may negatively impact your record and lead to huge increases for your car insurance, is another way Wiley defends every aspect of your rights.
Wiley Nickel and Associate Attorney Kristi Haddock focus on Raleigh Criminal Defense, Family Law, Wake County Traffic Tickets and Epxungements from their Offices in Cary and Apex. Contact The law Offices of Wiley Nickel when you need an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney, Marijuana Defense Lawyer, DWI Lawyer in the cities of Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay Varina. Defending your rights is our main priority.
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Expungement court costs can be confusing. The North Carolina Legislature recently made expungements more expensive for some people and added an extra $175 in expungement court costs in order to file for certain expungement petitions when a case has been dismissed.
If your case was dismissed as the result of compliance with a deferred prosecution agreement or a conditional discharge and dismissal then the law says you need to pay an extra $175 in expungement court costs for an expungement. If your case was NOT dismissed deferred prosecution agreement or a conditional discharge program then you do not need to pay court costs of $175 for a dismissal expungement. The main rule of thumb is generally whether or not a judge signed the deferred prosecution agreement.
You do not need to pay the $175 in expungement court costs if you do not wish to file an expungement.
If your case was dismissed for any number of other reasons then you would not likely have expungement court costs. If you were found Not Guilty then there would be no expungement court costs for an eligible expungement petition. Other reasons for a dismissal could be the failure of the state to prosecute (no witnesses). They could also be weak legal grounds for the case where the DA dismisses the case or an informal dismissal where the case was dismissed for community service where there was no formal signed agreement.
You can also seek to avoid expungement court costs if you are indigent. In order to automatically qualify for an indigent fee waiver of the $175 expungement court costs you must be a current recipient of one of the following:
- Food stamps
- Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC)
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
- Representation by legal services organization (or private attorney working on behalf of legal services organization).
An individual not currently receiving one of these benefits, must submit an affidavit of Indigency to try to avoid the $175 North Carolina Expungement Court costs. This affidavit would just need to show that you have little or no money coming in and could not afford the $175 court costs to clear your record.
If you would like more information about North Carolina Expungements and NC Expungement Court Costs you can call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation to discuss hiring our law firm for your North Carolina Expungement petition. We are based in Cary, NC and handle petitions for the entire state of North Carolina.
The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC is proud to announce the opening of our first Satellite office. The new office is located in Apex, North Carolina at 510 West Williams Street, Suite 101. We will be able to take meetings by appointment at this new office location in Apex. The expansion is part of an effort to better serve clients in Western Wake County and Chatham County, North Carolina.
At The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, we believe that successfully addressing client needs requires more than just knowledge of the law and a mastery of the multitude of rules and regulations that impact our clients’ needs. Providing quality legal services means being in our client’s community and being able to meet our clients where they live. Our commitment to excellence, combined with our mission to deliver outstanding client service, has earned our firm the excellent reputation it enjoys today.
The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC is proud to have a great reputation and a tradition of aggressive representation of our client’s needs. We provide quality legal representation and are dedicated to maintaining and expanding our capabilities and expertise across a wide range of practice areas in order to better address the diverse needs of our clients. Our principal areas of practice include: Criminal Defense, DWI Defense, Speeding Tickets, Wake County Expungement Petitions, NC Expungements, Juvenile Delinquency, DMV Issues, Child Custody and Divorce. We are also experienced in a number of specialty areas that are incorporated into these core criminal defense based practice groups.
If you are charged with a criminal offense and live in the Apex, NC area you can contact us at our new Apex location or our Cary location for a free consultation. We handle Wake County Expungement Petitions.
Record Expungement: It’s Time for a New Future!
We all make mistakes. We all do things we are ashamed or embarrassed by. But when that mistake results in a criminal record, it can destroy your hopes for the future. In today’s economy, just one criminal conviction can make it hard to find employment or advance in your career. It weighs you down, destroys your hope, or just eats away at you with fear and embarrassment.
The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel is devoted to helping people move on after a criminal conviction in North Carolina. We think expungements are good for you and good for society.
We are a small client-centered professional expungement law firm, not a mass-market expungement mill. When we accept your North Carolina expungement case, you can put your mind at ease. We handle every aspect of your expungement, all for a guaranteed fee with no BS.
Our North Carolina Reputation for Expungement Success
A successful expungement will improve the rest of your adult life. It’s not something to take lightly or to trust to the lowest bidder. A botched expungement wastes your time, and money, but even worse, it can damage the rest of your life. If you’re serious about expunging the mistakes of your past, you owe it to yourself to invest in the very best North Carolina expungement law firm you can hire. We believe that’s us. Verify: Real Client Reviews.
We keep our promises, and our expungement fees are honest and straight forward. There are never any hidden costs or surprises. We stake our reputation on every expungement case we handle. We will not let you down.
Our North Carolina Record Expungement Process = Success
The Result: As soon as your conviction is expunged, all official records are erased and in many situations you can lawfully answer that you have never been convicted of the crime.
How long does it take? In most cases, our law firm can file your expungement petition in court within 3 or 4 days. The entire process takes a few months depending on the type of petition. Of course, these times vary from expungement to expungement and from court to court. Rest assured, we do everything possible to speed your expungement along, but we never cut corners.
Start Your North Carolina Expungement – Today
With a proven track record of North Carolina expungement success, we’re not only seasoned expungement lawyers, we’ve streamlined the process for better results. Our number one concern is winning your expungement case and making your future the best that it can possibly be. We do it once and we do it right.
We start every case by obtaining your official North Carolina criminal record. Mr. Nickel then personally reviews your record and creates a custom expungement plan to achieve your goals.
You can start right now by getting your official North carolina criminal record and Mr. Nickel’s professional expungement plan by contacting The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a free consultation at 919-585-1486.
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“I picked Wiley on a hunch….and it really paid off. His entire staff was five star. I had a case where I was charged with something unconstitutional that caused me a lot of grief over the years since I was convicted. He got it reversed and expunged, and apologized for the state’s mistake. He even got me a refund of an over payment of court fees that he caught. It’s very seldom you find an attorney who cares more about the case than just a paycheck……… Mr. Nickel is one of them.”
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