Can I Get A Misdemeanor Conviction Expunged?

Expungements for Misdemeanor Convictions

In certain situations you can get a misdemeanor conviction erased from your record in North Carolina.

How do you go about getting a misdemeanor conviction expunged from your record?

In most cases it depends on whether you were under 18 or at least 18 at the time you committed the misdemeanor (or under 21 at the time in cases of misdemeanor possession of alcohol).

 

If you were under 18 at the time you committed the misdemeanor then several things have to apply to you:

  1. You have no other felony or misdemeanor convictions on your record.
  2. You’ve waited at least 2 years since the date of your conviction or when you completed your probation.

If those 2 things apply in your situation then you may be eligible to ask a judge in court to expunge your misdemeanor conviction.

 

If you were at least 18 at the time you committed the misdemeanor then several things have to apply to you:

  1. The misdemeanor you want expunged is a “nonviolent” misdemeanor.
  2. You have no other misdemeanor or felony convictions on your record.
  3. You’ve waited at least 15 years since the end of your sentence for the misdemeanor.

 

If those 3 things apply in your situation then you are eligible to ask a judge in court to expunge your misdemeanor conviction.

 

On top of meeting those qualifications listed above you also must get sworn statements of your good character to support your application for expunction.

 

If you think you meet these requirements, call (919) 908-0230 to speak with me about your situation.  I’d be more than happy to help you figure out whether you qualify and, if you do, complete the necessary paperwork in court to get it done.  As a former assistant district attorney I’ve been involved in many expunctions and can help you avoid the traps people can fall into when applying for one.