Category: Criminal Record Sealing / Expungement

North Carolina’s Second Chance Act is still moving through the statehouse. If it’s signed into law, though, it could be the dawn of a new day for North Carolinians with criminal records.

Criminal records can follow you around for the rest of your life, long after you’ve paid the associated fines or served your time in jail. The Second Chance Act is looking to help those with criminal records to expunge their records — but it’s not the only way this can be done.

Here’s what you need to know about the Second [...]

The courts may be closed in North Carolina due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things you can do right now to be ready to petition for your record expungement as soon as they reopen. 

In fact, if you’re looking to make progress on your North Carolina expungement case, then you very much still can. Here are some steps you can easily follow so you’re ready to go when quarantine is over. 

Learn the basics here about the expungement process and what you can do to prepare for [...]

If you have ever been arrested, you have a criminal record – even if no charges were ever filed against you. If you’ve been convicted, you probably know that you have a criminal history. You’ve likely felt some of the consequences because of it.

Fortunately, in many cases, it is possible to seal your criminal record from public view, such that it won’t show up on criminal background checks; and there are plenty of benefits for doing it. 

Take a look at the top five reasons we always recommend trying to seal your [...]

After being charged with a crime, many of our clients voice the biggest concern over all else: “Will I go to jail?” 

While incarceration is certainly no fun, going to jail or prison may not be the worst penalty you encounter if you are being convicted of a crime in North Carolina. 

For many North Carolinians convicted of a criminal offense — whether major or minor — the most devastating consequence is the lifelong stain on your criminal record.  

How and When Your Criminal Record Can Be Used

In simple terms, a criminal [...]

The criminal court system in North Carolina is based on the premise of rehabilitation. Ideally, once you’ve paid your debt to society, you should be welcomed back into the community as an equal contributor to society.

Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen.

Most people, in fact, never get full restoration of their rights and status after conviction — and sometimes when charges never led to more than an arrest!

A criminal record in this state can be like a scarlet letter. Its effects can reach your job opportunities, living arrangements, education opportunities, travel plans [...]