Expungement or expunction is to “erase or remove completely.” In law, expungement is the process by which criminal charges or convictions are destroyed or sealed from state or federal records. Having your charges expunged makes it so that the court treats your criminal charges as if they never happened.
People with criminal records face challenges when it comes to things like finding employment, obtaining financial aid and finding a good place to live. Contrary to popular belief, criminal charges do not automatically fall off your record after a few years, so in many cases, expungement can be beneficial.
Not all infractions are eligible for expungement. Courts can only expunge or seal criminal records involving violations of North Carolina state law. Crimes committed in other states cannot be expunged through North Carolina courts.
In general, you may be eligible for an expungement in North Carolina if any of the following are true:
Expunging your criminal history can be complicated, and laws can change at any time. To find out if your record qualifies for expungement in North Carolina, you should contact a qualified criminal law attorney. An experienced expungement attorney can evaluate whether your circumstances qualify you for a record sealing. Call the experienced attorneys at Morrow Porter Vermitsky & Taylor, PLLC at 336.760.1400 today for an initial consultation or case evaluation.