Criminal Records Expunction Review
An arrest or conviction on your record can become a major barrier to achieving the goals you have set for yourself. Getting into college or graduate school becomes more difficult. Getting the job you want may be all but impossible. Fortunately, you may be able to clear your criminal record through a process known in North Carolina as expunction (often also called “expungement”).
In 2017, state legislation updated North Carolina’s expunction laws. The new statute reduces waiting periods to expunge certain older nonviolent felony and misdemeanor convictions. It also allows expunction of a dismissal even if you have received prior expunctions.
I am Keith A. Williams, and one of my goals as a lawyer is to see that my clients are able to move forward after an arrest or conviction. I am a Greenville expunction attorney who frequently handles these issues in state courts throughout Eastern North Carolina. I am proud to say that in my 25-plus years of private practice, I have played a role in erasing a number of problems from my clients’ records, allowing them to enjoy brighter futures.*
Types Of Eligible Offenses
What North Carolina criminal convictions can be later erased from your criminal record? A number of eligibility rules exist related to the severity of a conviction and the amount of time that has passed. Violent offenses, however, such as murder, armed robbery and sexual assault are not eligible. Here are some the offenses that may be eligible:
- Nonviolent felony convictions: If you have a Class H or Class I felony conviction, I can help you apply for expunction if the conviction was at least 10 years ago and you have not been convicted of anything else since. Class H and I felonies include a very wide range of offenses, including certain forms of fraud or embezzlement, forgery, counterfeiting and much more. To look up your conviction to determine the class of felony, please visit this site and type in your name in the appropriate field: http://webapps6.doc.state.nc.us/opi/offendersearch.do?method=view
- Nonviolent misdemeanor convictions: Offenses such as drinking tickets/underage drinking, prostitution, possession of stolen goods and other crimes may be eligible.
- Misdemeanor and felony drug convictions: These include possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and other low-level drug offenses.
- Cases that were dismissed or disposed of with “not guilty” findings
Make sure the attorney knows the applicable rules and procedures and is up-to-date on the recent changes in North Carolina expunction laws.
I am available to be retained for the limited purpose of checking if you are eligible for criminal record expunction. I will review the public court records and talk with you on the phone to let you know whether you qualify for an expunction.
Can You Erase Your Criminal Record?
To get more information on criminal record expunction in North Carolina, call the Law Offices of Keith A. Williams, P.A., at 252-565-4661 or send me an email. Based in Greenville, I handle these issues for clients throughout the state.
*Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its individual merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in the future.