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Expungements

north carolina petition for expungementIf you are seeking an expunction or expungement in Wake or Johnston County or elsewhere in North Carolina contact Raleigh Attorney Sam Bridges and put his 25 years of legal experience to work on your case.

In some cases a person may file a petition for an expunction or expungement in state court to eliminate the entire court record of the arrest and/or conviction.  It is very helpful to consult with an attorney like Mr. Bridges to determine if you are eligible for an expungement and to assist you in preparing the paperwork necessary to start the process.

Statutes Pertaining to Expungement of Records in North Carolina

There are several statutes pertaining to the expunction of records.

A person may seek to expunge his/her arrest record if the court found him/here not guilty or if the charges brought against him/her have been dismissed and if the person has not previously received an expungement and if the person has not previously been convicted of a felony.  NCGS 15A-146.

Certain misdemeanor or certain felony convictions may be expunged if 15 years have elapsed since the completion of the sentence resulting from the conviction and if the person has not been convicted of any other misdemeanor or felony and if the person has not previously received an expungement of any other offense.  NCGS 15A-145.5.

Mr. Bridges will consult with you and make a preliminary determination regarding whether you are eligible for an expungement and then will draft the petition and help you prepare other affidavits to accompany the petition if necessary and then file the petition and follow the process through to completion.  It usually takes 6-12 months after the petition is filed for the petition to work its way through the expungement process.