In North Carolina, the new expunction law took effect on December 1, 2017 – and it could have a serious impact on your case and how long you have to wait to clear your criminal record.
What is the New Expunction Law in North Carolina?
The new law, signed by Governor Roy Cooper, reduces the waiting period to expunge non-violent convictions that are on your criminal record. It could affect as many as 2 million North Carolinians.
If you're one of them, you need to know that expunction can help you get the fresh start you deserve. Your criminal record won't be available to potential employers, landlords or creditors. For the most part, it's like you never had a criminal record in the first place. However, prosecutors and law enforcement officials will still have access to your records.
What the New Expungement Law in NC Does
The new law changes a handful of things for people with criminal histories, including:
- Reduces the waiting period for misdemeanor convictions from 15 years to 5 years
- Reduces the waiting period for felony convictions from 15 years to 10 years
- Takes away the limit on the number of dismissals you can clear from your record
When Are You Eligible to Remove Dismissals and Findings of Not Guilty?
If your case is dismissed – whether it's a felony or misdemeanor – or if you've been found not guilty, you're immediately eligible for expunction.
What Crimes Are Never Eligible for Expunction Under NC's New Law?
Under both the old law and the new law, some crimes are never eligible for expunction, including violent crimes and DUI or DWI. Remember, though, you can have those expunged if you were found not guilty or if your case was dismissed.
What Are the First Steps to Expunction in North Carolina?
For many people, it makes sense to work with a NC expunction attorney who understands the new law and how it applies in your situation. You can call us for a free expunction case review – we'll be happy to talk about your situation and help you determine whether you're eligible for expunction. If you are, we can help sort out all the details, find your criminal record and begin the petition process for you.
Call us at 704-470-2440 right now to talk with an experienced lawyer who cares about your situation. We'd love to help you get a fresh start.