States are very strict about what criminal records they will erase. They want convictions to stick and in general, I'm sure you understand why that makes sense.
In North Carolina Pursuant to N.C.G.S. 15A 145-146 a person may be eligible for expungement if:
- Charges against you are dismissed or you are found not guilty, or
- Another person was arrested or charged using your name or identification (identity theft), or
- You are at least 18 years old and wish to expunge juvenile court records (unless a serious offense was involved), or
- You are a first-time offender no older than 21 who was charged with a minor drug possession offense.
If you don't meet any of these categories, your felony would not be removed from your record BUT states do recognize that these harsh expungment laws can be unfair to those who have learned from their mistakes and turned their lives around. In North Carolina, there is an office of Executive Clemency
through which those people not eligible for a regular expungement can apply for a pardon from the governor. The details about this and the application forms can be found here
You can do this for yourself, but there are expungement lawyers who specialize in this and it might be worth going through one of them You should contact your State or County Bar Association for a referral. Some lawyers offer free consultations and an experienced expungement attorney could give you a more informed opinion about your chances of success than anyone could do here.
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