Being arrested and convicted in North Carolina can be tough to move past. The charge and conviction stay on your record following you from jail to job applications and more. You may be able to have the conviction removed from your record to allow you to better move on with your life.

The North Carolina judicial branch defines expunction as the “legal process to remove a criminal conviction or a criminal charge from a person’s record and to seal or destroy the state’s record of the arrest, charge, and/or conviction.” Keep in mind that not all the consequences of your conviction can be erased.

If you are an adult, you can expect the process to be quite different than juvenile delinquency. Not all criminal charges are available for you to have expunged. There are specific statures related to specific criminal charges and how they can be expunged.

If you are 18 or 21 years old, you may be able to have a broader range of charges expunged than if you are older at the time the conviction happened. If you were found not guilty, you may qualify for an expungement similar to if the court dismissed your charges. There are some cases in which you can have multiple convictions expunged at the same time.

Since the court is so particular in what qualifies for expungement and how, the only way to truly know if your charge can be expunged is by speaking with an attorney. This is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.