Expunge DWI Charges in North Carolina

In North Carolina, if you have been charged with Driving While Impaired (DWI), you may be able to get that charge expunged if it is dismissed or you are found not guilty. Under NCGS § 15A-146, a person who has had charges dismissed may file for expungement of the charges so long as they do not have a felony conviction in either North Carolina or any other state. 

In 2012, the North Carolina legislature passed a law, NCGS § 15A-145.5, allowing for the expungement of nonviolent felony and misdemeanor convictions if the petitioner had no other convictions and 15 years had passed from the date of completion of all sentencing requirements. At the time, this statute allowed a person who had been convicted of a DWI to have that conviction expunged if they met the statutory requirements. However, in 2015, the legislature changed that law by adding a provision that specifically excluded expungement of a driving while impaired conviction. As a result, if you are found guilty of or plead guilty to a DWI in North Carolina, there is currently no way to get that charge expunged from your record.



Are you still not sure whether you qualify for an expungement? Do you have specific questions about your record you would like to discuss with a North Carolina attorney? Or are you ready to get started with the expungement process? Give us a call or send us a message today!