An expungement is when a criminal conviction is removed from your record. In North Carolina, getting an expungement (or expunction) is possible only under a few limited circumstances. While a robust criminal defense is your first and best option for avoiding a criminal record, it may be that you were unable to avoid a criminal conviction. An expungement may help alleviate issues you face with employment, housing, insurance and any future criminal charges. There are a number of steps required in order to pursue an expungement. If the conviction is negatively affecting your life, then it may be worth it to meet with an attorney to review your options.
How Do I Know If I Qualify For An Expungement?
In order to clear a record of a criminal conviction, there are a few factors that must be considered. Some of these factors include the following:
- Amount of time since the conviction and/or sentence was complete
- The type of offense you want expunged
- Any other criminal convictions or history
An experienced attorney who has frequent expungement cases can evaluate whether your circumstances qualify you for a record sealing. At Grace, Tisdale & Clifton P.A., our lawyers have over 150 years of legal experience in criminal defense and post-conviction relief, including appeals and expungement.
Contact us at our Winston-Salem office by calling 888-441-8522 or online to set up a free initial consultation. We can thoroughly evaluate your options for pursuing an expungement.