As many people know, a convicted felon is barred from exercising various citizenship rights, including the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to sit on a jury. However, what most people do not know is that these citizenship rights are usually automatically restored upon the completion of a person’s felony sentence.
Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the N.C. General Statutes, a person convicted of a felony in North Carolina shall automatically have these citizenship rights restored upon the completion of his or her entire felony sentence, including period of incarnation, parole/post-release supervision, and probation. For felony convictions outside of North Carolina’s jurisdiction, the restoration process is not automatic. Instead, an application must be submitted to the clerk of court in the person’s county of residence before a certificate evidencing citizenship rights restoration can be issued.
What are the Next Steps?
Completion of a felony sentence and restoration of citizenship rights is not an expungement, so the conviction will still remain on your record. Furthermore, restoration of citizenship rights does not restore other important rights lost as the result of a felony conviction, such as the loss of firearm rights.
Contact an North Carolina Expungement Attorney Today
For more information on expungements and the restoration of rights following a felony conviction, call an expungement lawyer at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC today at (919) 948-7159(919) 948-7159.