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How does the North Carolina expungement process work?

For those who are eligible the process is fairly easy and straight forward. It is unlikely that you will have to appear in court or even come to our office. Once you provide some basic information we will handle the rest.

After gathering preliminary information the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel will ensure that your expungement is filed with the court and proceeds pursuant to the statutory provisions of North Carolina law. This process requires that your expunction be approved by a number of officials including a judge, district attorney, the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and the North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts. Since an expungement requires the coordination of so many different parties, it is often a lengthy process and could require several months to complete. Our law firm will do everything possible to make sure your expungement proceeds as quickly as possible.

Once the judge grants your expungement, your criminal record will be destroyed in all court records as well as in many administrative agencies that hold those records (DMV, Sheriff etc…).

Expungements for Pleas of Guilty or findings of Guilt at Trial

Even if your case was NOT dismissed there is still light at the end of the tunnel. There are still a number of different ways you can protect your reputation and have your record expunged. In certain situation North Carolina allows a once in a lifetime opportunity to clear the record associated with a guilty plea or a finding of guilt at trial. Contact the Law Offices of Wiley Nickel for a free consultation to see if you qualify to have your record Expunged.

Cases We Handle

We handle N.C. District Court criminal cases in Wake County (including Raleigh and Cary, NC), Durham County, Orange County (including Chapel Hill, NC) and Chatham County (including Pittsboro, NC).

We handle N.C. Superior Court criminal cases in Wake County, Durham County, Orange County and Chatham County.

Not Eligible for an Expungement?

If you’re not eligible for an expungement a “certificate of relief” might help you with the problem that your conviction poses. Call to see how a certificate of relief might help you with the job or license you’re trying to get.