Sealing Your Criminal Record (Expunction)

A past criminal arrest or conviction does not have to affect your life today. If you successfully completed your sentence and demonstrated good behavior in the years since, you may be eligible to have your record sealed. This is known as an expunction or expungement.

An expunction is the sealing of an arrest or criminal conviction so that it essentially disappears from the public eye. In North Carolina, it is now much easier to get a prior offense sealed. Our attorneys at Bull & Reinhardt, PLLC, in Asheville can aid throughout the expunction process.

Why Should You Seal Your Criminal Record?

A criminal record can have a significant impact on your daily life, making it difficult to:

  • Find a job
  • Rent an apartment or buy a house
  • Get into graduate school
  • Obtain a professional license

After an expunction, your criminal record is shielded and you are not required to disclose it when asked on a job application or when applying for a loan or professional license.

What Recent Changes In North Carolina Law Can Mean For You

As of December 2017, North Carolina law allows many residents with criminal records the opportunity to seal their records and much more quickly. The most notable changes include:

  • The waiting time for an expungement for a first-time nonviolent felony is now 10 years and five years for a nonviolent misdemeanor.
  • There is no longer a limit on the number of dismissed or acquitted charges you can expunge.
  • Prosecutors and law enforcement officials have electronic access to expunged records.

More options are available for those arrested when they were under 21. However, not all offenses are eligible for expunction. For example, DWI/DUI and drug offenses are highly dependent on the exact charge. If necessary, we can advise on other options, such as a motion for appropriate relief or an amended disposition based on your life since.

For Assistance With Expunctions In North Carolina

If you have a criminal record, our lawyers can help guide you through the expunction process. Schedule a free initial consultation at our Asheville office by calling 828-348-8053 or emailing us through our online form.