Frequently Asked Questions about Expunction and Xpunctions.com
See below for FAQs including the definition of an expunction, the qualifications for an expungement, and the process to clean up your criminal record.
Do I Qualify for an Expunction?
There are a number of statutes that control what may be expunged from your Criminal Record. Xpunctions.com can answer your questions. We can determine whether you qualify for an expunction. Call or contact us by email – or use the Contact Form on this website to submit your questions.
What is an Expunction?
An expunction is the legal process of erasing prior charges or convictions from your criminal record. Under North Carolina state law, certain charges or convictions can be expunged – literally erased from your criminal record that is kept by the state.
When was the last time you thought how nice it would be to erase something in your past? If you’re like most people, there are a few things that you wish were not part of your history. Under North Carolina law, you can erase things in your past that are a part of your Criminal Record.
What is a Criminal Record?
A Criminal Record is kept by the state to indicate whether you have ever been charged or convicted of a criminal act. If you have ever been charged with a crime, even if you were found innocent or the charge was dismissed, you have a criminal record. Potential employers, schools, landlords and creditors may ask whether you have ever been charged with or convicted of a crime, and your Criminal Record can verify whether you are telling the truth in response to their questions.
Who can see my Criminal Record?
Almost anyone who wishes can access your Criminal Record and they need not contact the county court to do so. Third party reporting agencies can provide details of your record. Increasingly, potential employers, schools, landlords and creditors are asking about and searching criminal records.
What if I was charged with a crime, but the charge was dismissed?
Whether a felony or misdemeanor, if the charge against you was dismissed or you were found innocent, you still have a Criminal Record. If you qualify for an expunction, we can file a motion on your behalf with the court to have the charge erased from your record. While there are legal fees for doing so, and the process takes some time, you will be able to answer honestly that you have never been charged with the crime once it is expunged.
What if I was convicted of a crime?
If you want to expunge a guilty plea or verdict, not all crimes are created equal. Only certain offenses can be expunged. However, even certain felony convictions can be expunged from your Criminal Record. If you qualify for an expunction, we will file the required motions and supporting documents with the court to have the conviction erased from your record. By law you will be able to deny that you were ever charged with or found guilty of the crime that is expunged.
How long does it take and what is the process?
The process to expunge your Criminal Record takes several months and may require multiple court appearances. However, we usually can handle everything for you without you having to appear in court. The legal process will be handled by the Ivie Law Firm, PLLC.
In what Counties do you handle expunctions?
We currently handle expunctions in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Granville, Guilford, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake and Wilson counties in the state of North Carolina.
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