Eligibility For Expungements/Expunctions
“Woody helped me get my life back by helping me clear up some personal legal matters from my past”
You want to move forward in life, to obtain an education, to achieve your goals, yet you have a criminal record that is hindering your ability to move past your previous indiscretions with the law.
Seeking an expungement/expunction could be a way to put the past behind you. The attorneys at Woody White Law Firm PLLC can help you obtain one.
Understanding Expungements/Expunctions In North Carolina?
The terms expungements and expunctions are used interchangeably in North Carolina but mean the same thing.
Both are methods that allow an individual to “erase” or “destroy” a criminal offense or arrest from public record, barring employers, landlords, school officials and others from seeing it. If an expungement/expunction is granted, it is as if the crime or arrest never occurred in the eyes of the law.
Expunctions in North Carolina are, unfortunately, limited to certain situations such as:
- A first-time offense committed under the age of 18
- A first-time nonviolent offense that occurred more than 15 years ago
Whether your past includes a conviction for possession of drugs, shoplifting or underage drinking, our firm can advise you on taking the steps necessary to create a brighter future. However, certain firearm violations, sex offenses and violent crimes, such as murder, are among the crimes that cannot be expunged.
A Once-In-A-Lifetime Opportunity
If you would like more information or wish to file a petition to expunge a criminal record, getting an attorney with experience handling these matters is vital. In North Carolina, an expunction is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
You can only petition a court to consider expunction once per lifetime, so it is important to know the deadlines and scope of eligibility.
Reach Out To Us
At Woody White Law Firm PLLC, our criminal defense lawyers have helped hundreds of people navigate the expungement process and, in many cases, have assisted in giving them a second chance by successfully vacating their criminal record.
With many years of experience, we know the process inside and out and can provide greater guidance on your eligibility. Let us help you.
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Don’t let a criminal record cast a shadow over your future personal or professional prospects. Call or email today to set up a consult at our Wilmington offices to learn about your options. Free consults are available.