Expunging A Criminal Record In North Carolina

Expunction, also known as an expungement, is a process by which a person's criminal record is restored to the status he or she had before their criminal record existed. This is done through a court order, issued in accordance with North Carolina law and only after an individual has met state expungement requirements.

Though our state recognizes the importance of clearing a criminal record of past mistakes as a way of allowing someone to move on with their life, getting an expungement is incredibly difficult and rare. North Carolina law limits expungements to:

  • First-time, nonviolent offenses that were committed more than 15 years ago
  • First-time offenses that were committed under the age of 18 or 22
  • Dismissed or disposed (not guilty) charges

The Importance Of Record Expunction

If you meet the state requirements for expungement, then it's a good idea to talk to a skilled criminal defense lawyer like Scott Coalter at Coalter Law, PLLC. We can walk you through the complex process of getting your record expunged, making sure that your petition is filed correctly and on time with the Clerk of Court in Guilford County.

Be advised: it can take four months just for your petition and the criminal background check to go through. The total wait time from petition submission to actual expunction can take even longer – perhaps up to nine months in some cases.

Get Help From A Skilled Defense Attorney Today

At Coalter Law, PLLC, we are fully aware of the benefits of an expungement, which is why we extend our legal services beyond Greensboro and help clients throughout the North Carolina Triad. If you have questions about the expungement process or would like to know if your record is eligible for expunction, we encourage you to contact our law firm online or by calling 336-338-7769 (after hours 336-543-0471).

Let us help you get a fresh start to your life. Talk to one of the qualified attorneys at Coalter Law, PLLC. Se habla español.