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I did some research for you on North Carolina law and it appears that you are eligible to have your records expunged. This statement is based hugely on your statement that indicates you were NOT convicted of any crime but rather the charges were dismissed in exchange for you taking some parenting classes. You are likely NOT eligible for an expungement if you WERE convicted of a crime.
At any rate, North Carolina law permits an expungement when the charges were dismissed or you were found not guilty. As it appears that the charges were dismissed, you should be able to obtain that relief so long as you haven't had any other charges and at least 18 months has passed since these charges were dismissed.
The easiest way to get this accomplished would be to retain the services of an attorney, they could handle all the paperwork for you and make sure everything is done quickly and properly. If this is not possible, go to your local clerk of court and request a packet for an expungement. Then, simply follow the instructions!
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I'm sorry, I either didn't notice or forgot that you didn't live in North Carolina when I suggested you should go to the "local clerk of court". My apologies.
Let me try again....
You should contact the clerk of court in which the offense occurred. If that is not convenient as it's too far away, they likely have an internet site. I can't look it up as I don't know the county, but it's quite simple. Just go to any search engine, such as Google or Yahoo, and enter "sample county clerk of court". You should find it quickly. Once you do, check for a link for expungement or sealing or documents or some other such term. If they don't have it online, you can call them tomorrow.
If you hire an attorney, he could handle ALL of this for you. Unfortunately, the rules of Just Answer do not permit us to recommend any attorneys. However, you can search this also. Look for criminal law attorneys in the area of the offense.
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As to the phone number for the courthouse, I looked it up on-line and found this:
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