Can I Get A Charge Expunged?

We all know that employers run background checks on people they’re thinking of hiring.  It’s one thing for you to have a conviction show up on your record.  But, did you know that anything you were ever charged with also shows up on your record, too?


Even if you were eventually found not guilty or the charged were dismissed or dropped they still show up on your record.  Any employer running a criminal background check on you will see the charges.  And, unfortunately, many times the employer won’t also see in your record that the charges were dropped or you were found not guilty!


It is important that you do all you can to get your charges in your record erased so an employer doesn’t get the wrong impression.  The last thing you want is for an employer to think that you were guilty of the charges when in reality they were dropped!


The good news is that it doesn’t matter whether you were charged with a misdemeanor or felony.


It order to get your charges erased you must apply to have them “expunged” from your record.


Not everyone qualifies to have their charges expunged.  To qualify for an expungement of your charges you must:

  1. Have never gotten an expungement for anything else.
  2. Have had your misdemeanor or felony charge dismissed or been found not guilty.
  3. Do not have a felony conviction on your record.


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.