Clearing a Criminal Record in North Carolina
A foolish act committed long ago can continue to haunt long after you have put it behind you. Fortunately, in some cases it is possible to undo the effects of a criminal arrest or juvenile conviction. With an expungement, the records of the event are sealed away and out of reach to anyone outside the criminal justice system. On a job application, you can legally answer "no" when asked if you have ever been convicted or arrested for a crime.
At The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C., we obtain expungements for people in all walks of life. The process usually takes a few months, and no court appearance is necessary. Our firm can handle everything on your behalf for a reasonable fee plus court costs.
To learn more about getting an expungement, contact our firm.
Are You Eligible for an Expungement?
The state of North Carolina offers expungements in a limited number of circumstances. You can get an expungement if:
- You were convicted of a misdemeanor while under the age of 18
- You were convicted of possession of alcohol while under the age of 21
- A criminal charge was eventually dismissed
- You were found not guilty of a criminal charge
Our lawyer, Bryan Smith, can review your case and explain the expungement process in a free consultation. If you are eligible and want him to proceed, our firm can handle everything for a reasonable fee plus court costs.
The Benefits of an Expungement
Even if a charge was dismissed or you were found not guilty of an assault, theft, DWI/DUI or other crime, evidence of the arrest and court documents will be removed from all public record including the clerk's records, the arresting agency's records, the SBI, and the FBI.
The Law Office of L. Bryan Smith, P.C. can seek to expunge these records, meaning that the court documents, mug shot, fingerprints and other documents relating to the event are sealed away in a vault. They will be unavailable to potential employers and background-checking services. You can truly put the event behind you.
Free Consultation With a Wilmington Expungement Attorney
Contact us today for a free consultation about how we can clear a criminal record in North Carolina.