A blemish on your record — even a small transgression from many years ago — can disqualify you for a job, prevent you from coaching a youth sports team, deny you the right to adopt a child or have numerous other consequences.
North Carolina law allows certain individuals to have their criminal record wiped clean in what is known as an "expungement." Essentially, there are three groups of people who can have their criminal record expunged in North Carolina:
- Individuals convicted of misdemeanors that were committed prior to their 18th birthday, and who have no further criminal convictions.
- Individuals who were arrested or charged with a crime, but subsequently the criminal charges were dismissed, or the person was found not guilty or not responsible in a court of law. To be eligible for an expungement under these circumstances, a person must not have a prior expungement or any felony convictions.
- Individuals who were convicted of certain drug charges and who have successfully completed probation.
The attorneys at Gottholm, Ralston & Benton, PLLC, in Statesville, North Carolina, represent individuals who seek to have a North Carolina criminal record expunged. It is possible to represent yourself during an expungement process, but hiring an experienced Statesville expungements lawyer assures you that your case will be submitted, argued and resolved as efficiently as possible.
We have more than 30 years of cumulative experience. Our attorneys appear in criminal courts throughout south central North Carolina several times every week. We have established reputations among judges and district attorneys as knowledgeable attorneys who are focused on effective resolutions.
An expunged charge can change your life for the better. If you are looking to clear your record, call 704-878-0757 or email us to schedule a free consultation. We can review the facts of your case and recommend the best steps to take next.