New Expungement Law Goes Into Effect Today

Effective today, December 1, 2017, it is easier to have some charges expunged in North Carolina

Before today, a person was allowed only one expunction in his or her lifetime. Now, a person may receive multiple expungements for not guilty dispositions. There are exceptions:

  • DWI convictions cannot be expunged in North Carolina (a dismissed DWI can be)
  • Violent crime convictions cannot be expunged 
  • Misdemeanor convictions can be expunged after five years 
  • Some felony convictions can be expunged after ten years (previously fifteen years)

However, there is a downside — prosecution can view expungements for sentencing purposes. This means a person convicted of a crime who subsequently had the conviction expunged will have the conviction counted against them during sentencing if convicted of another crime. 

The cost to file an expungement petition with the state has not changed — it is $175, and takes approximately six to nine months in Wake County to have the charge expunged. (Other counties differ, depending on how backed up they are)

Please note this does not apply to federal charges; it only applies to North Carolina state charges. 

If you a dismissal or conviction you would like to have removed from your record, contact for more information. 

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