Expungement Services

What is an Expungement?

An expungement (also called expunction) deletes a criminal record or criminal charge and is as if the incident never happened. Unfortunately, opportunities to receive expungements are pretty limited in North Carolina. However recently, on December 1, 2017 a new expungement law, Senate Bill 445, went into effect that allows more people to get expungements here in North Carolina. Click here to see reasons why you should consider getting an expungement. As an expungement attorney in North Carolina I can help you with your expungement.

Generally Expungements in North Carolina are primarily granted under these circumstances:

  • A first time nonviolent offense committed more than 5 years ago
  • A charge that was dismissed or disposed “not guilty”
  • Misdemeanors of any age especially under 18 years old
  • Nonviolent felonies committed under 18 years old

How much does it cost to get your criminal record expunged?

Fees vary based upon how the case was disposed. A not-guilty verdict is free to file.  A case that was dismissed is also free to file. If you were convicted of the charge the fee to file for an expungement will vary from $0 to $175. In the spirit of transparency, an attorney is not needed to file a petition for an expungement. However, you should strongly consider hiring an attorney to assist you with handling your expungement. If you do not hire an expungement attorney in North Carolina you’ll have to determine which statute applies to your situation and file a petition. Please be advised that any errors will absolutely cause delays in the expungement process. If you choose to hire an expungement attorney in North Carolina the attorney will also include a fee for their services.

Getting an expungement is not a quick process, it usually takes six – twelve months to be complete. If you have any questions about whether you are eligible for an expungement contact us now at The Polaris Law Firm to see how we can help.