Expungement / Expunction In North Carolina
Anyone can make a mistake but a conviction or even a record of an arrest can have a negative effect on your future. In addition to the social stigma of having been charged or convicted of a crime, it can also present issues with:
- Employment: Job applicants with a criminal record will almost always be at a disadvantage. Most employers have access to extensive background information and today’s job market is so competitive, applicants with even minor infractions may get turned away.
- Interest rates: When applying for a loan or an insurance policy, lenders and insurance companies will consider your personal history when determining how high your interest rates should be.
- Education: Admission to most universities and graduate schools can also depend on your criminal history as well as being approved for student loans or grants.
- Affordable housing: Landlords and property owners may refuse to rent or sell based on an individual’s criminal history.
This is only a partial list of the many disadvantages that can arise from having a criminal record. It can also prevent you from obtaining certain licenses and certifications, adopting, purchasing firearms and even volunteering.
Am I Eligible For Expungement?
Fortunately, the process of expungement (also called expunction) can help with certain charges under the following circumstances:
- Your charge was dismissed
- You were found Not Guilty
- You are a first-time offender who has committed a nonviolent crime more than 25 years ago
- You are a first-time offender who has committed an offense while under the age of 22
While the process of expungement can be lengthy, it can also help to restore your good name and give you the chance to move forward with a clean slate. At The Law Offices of J. Darren Byers, P.A., we believe in second chances, call our office today to discuss getting your life back.
We Fight For You
When we take a client, we do it with the understanding that we will go the distance to protect them. We offer a free consultation to demonstrate how we will fight for you. If you have been charged with a crime, call us now at 336-537-9407, or contact us online.