Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
Hello, how are you this evening?
I have read your facts but if you got probation and served it why are considering hiring an attorney?
Getting my criminal record cleared.
Oh, I see, and you are in North Carolina?
Do you mind if I do a minute of research on expungement laws and sealing laws in North Carolina?
Was it a felony embezzlement charge I assume.
I've read the basics, and I qualify for having it removed.
Great. Expungement or sealing is an issue that is best filed in the county where the conviction and prosecution was held. If you were sentenced in a portion of the state you no longer live in, it is best for you to hire an attorney in that area to file the required papers for expungement and/or sealing of your records.
If expungement is successful your record will be cleared, but you may need to check to see if it is off the federal databases.
What if it isn't taken off the Federal database?
Won't it still show up under my SS number?
The government will always be able to access it, and I am not sure if there is a way to remove it on the federal level.
However, local searches and databases will not turn up a hit on that charge.
Is it worth doing then? In light of the current economic environment, I would like to be able to carry a gun with me to protect my family.
Yes it is always beneficial, if you qualify, to have it removed. For the reason you stated, as well as future employment opportunities, loans, etc.
How about the firearms?
If the record is expunged, and you have no felonies on your record you should be able to purchase firearms.
My crime was not violent, so I was hoping that would be the case.
It would be best to consult an attorney to prepare the paperwork to file for you as this may expedite the process.
Additionally, he/she will be able to advise you on any additional steps you need to take.
Another question: My best friend is the sheriff here in our country, and I understand the county on the other side of the state will be contacting the county I live in now to verify I haven't done any other crimes. Will he see that, or do you know. He has no idea, and he's been my best friend since he was a deputy and a neighbor..
... for 20 years.
Will he see the embezzlement charge?
Yes, that is what I want to know. Or, does an entirely different department handle that?
He has over 400 people on his staff.
I imagine someone else on his staff would handle that.
I don't want to lose my best friend.
That scares me the most.
Any suggested attorney to handle this in Charlotte, NC?
But I can not make that assurance. It is likely that they will be contacting the sheriff's office in the county in which you reside, but I highly doubt with a staff like that, that he personally would be handling it.
I can not recommend attorney's pursuant to the terms of service of JustAnswer, but I am sure there are plenty of competent expugement attorney's who can handle the matter for you.
Also, consider experienced criminal defense attorneys', they often know the process very well.
What type of attorney do I contact? Criminal?
I see you just answered that for me. Thanks.
Yes, criminal defense attorneys, and/or expungement attorney's who specialize in expungements or sealing.
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OK, I will now. Thanks.