One of the worst consequences of a criminal conviction is the creation of a permanent record. A criminal record can affect your ability to get or keep your job, vote, and to rent or buy a house. A criminal record even affect your personal relationships with others and your ability to find a spouse. However there is good news, recent changes to the Expunction laws are allowing persons who would otherwise never qualify for an expungement to receive one now. Expungement sometimes called an expunction, involves petitioning the court system to have a criminal record removed from public view.
Generally, expunctions are going to fall into one of these categories:
Felony first offenses more than 10 years ago.
Misdemeanor first offenses more than 5 years ago.
First offenses committed before the Defendant turned 18/22 years old.
Charges that were dismissed or the Defendant was found not guilty.
However, there are several limitations.
Certain high-level Felonies are NOT eligible.
Convictions that involve crimes of violence are NOT eligible (Assaults of any kind).
DWI Convictions can NOT be expunged.
Prior convictions will generally (but not always) prevent eligibility.
Generally, all offenses to be expunged must fall within a 12 month period.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does An Expungement Cost?
The Attorney or Firm's fee for expungment services will vary depending on the amount and the types of charges needing to be expunged. Most Expunction services will range between $550 and $2000.
How Long Does it Take to Get My Record Expunged?
Expungements must go through a multi-step state administrative process. Completion times can take anywhere between 4 months and a year. This time frame is dependant upon the type of charges being expunged, and the number of expungments being processed by the state at any given time.
What is An Expungement?
An expungement or sometimes called an expunction, is the process of removing a criminal record. This means removing mugshots from county sherrif's sites and the criminal record from state level background checks. Once an expungment is complete, the charge typically no longer has to be disclosed on employment and other applications. The only exception to this would be a government or federal application that requires you to disclose expunged information.
What is Involved in the Expungement Process?
Our office must first determine your eligibilty for an expungement. To confirm if you are eligible to apply for an expunction, our office charges an initial nominal $50 service fee to pull and review your criminal record in North Carolina.
What if I'm Not Eligible For An Expungement?
Unfortunatley, not all charges or convictions can be removed from a persons criminal record. However, some individials may become eligible in the furture if the expunction laws continue change.
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