NORTH CAROLINA EXPUNCTION
Without having charges expunged (expunction), an individual who has been charged with a criminal offense and ultimately has the charge dismissed, or is found not guilty of the charge, will still have a record on his or her criminal record. This can present serious problems when apply for a job or attempting to gain entrance into a college or university.
Pursuant to N.C.G.S 15A 145-146, an individual who is found not guilty, or who has a criminal charge dismissed, may apply to have the charges against (and entries of apprehension) him or her expunged from the official public records. While obtaining an expungement for the criminal charges removes charges from the public records, there are an increasing number of private companies that are accumlating data regarding criminal charges and an expunction may not cause those records in private databases to be expunged.
Additionally, if you were found guilty of a misdemeanor, you may still be eligible for expunction of the charge from your record if you were under 18 at the time of the offense (or under 21 if you were convicted of misdemeanor possession of alcohol) and it is your first offense.
At Everett Law Firm, P. A.,we represent clients who have been charged with a variety of criminal offenses ranging from traffic offenses, DWI / DUI, Assaults, Drug Charges (drug possession, drug paraphernalia, drug trafficking), Domestic Violence, and many other criminal offenses. The experienced attorneys at Everett Law Firm, P. A. can assist you in handling your criminal charges and determine whether you are eligible for an expunction. For a free case evaluation regarding your potential expungement, call Everett Law Firm, P. A. located in Chapel Hill and serving clients in Orange County, Wake County, Raleigh, Durham and most surrounding counties. Our toll free phone number is 800-942-8048.