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An expungement can improve your quality of life

On Behalf of | Nov 28, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

Having a criminal record is not something you can just shrug off and ignore. It is bound to rear its ugly head in certain aspects of your life from time to time. You may find it hard to secure employment, housing or higher education opportunities simply because of your record.

Fortunately, there is a viable and lasting solution to your problem in the name of an expungement. Think of it as getting a clean slate on your record. It can drastically improve your quality of life in various ways.

How does expungement work?

Expunging a criminal record removes it from the public record. As a result, it will not be visible to anyone who performs a background check on you unless they are an authorized government agency. 

Furthermore, you are not legally required to disclose your criminal past if a potential employer or landlord asks you about it.

Are you eligible for expungement?

Your eligibility for expungement depends on the crime and your age when it happened, although the law has provisions where age limitations do not apply. It is important to note that not all crimes are eligible for expungement under North Carolina laws.

Certain misdemeanors, drug offenses and non-violent felonies can be expunged, depending on the unique circumstances of your case. You can also expunge your criminal record if you were not found guilty of a crime or if the charges were dismissed. There is also a mandatory waiting period that may apply before your record can be expunged.

Get help with your expungement bid

Expunging a criminal record is a court process that involves a fair bit of paperwork and legal procedures. Therefore, it is advisable to reach out for assistance on what you need to do to get your record expunged. It could potentially turn your life around when done right.