What do you do if you have been convicted or accused of a crime and don’t want to wind up with a criminal record? In North Carolina there a primarily three ways to get rid of a criminal record:
You Were Convicted But Were Under 18 — If you were under 18 at the time of your conviction and you were convicted of a misdemeanor, it may be possible for you to get your criminal record erased or expunged. In order to qualify for this you will generally have to show:
- You have been on general good behavior for the two year period following your conviction.
- Two people are willing to act as character witnesses for you.
- You have not been convicted of any other crime, (not counting traffic tickets).
- This is your first request for an expunction
The Charges Against You Were Dismissed Or You Were Found Not Guilty – If there was no finding of guilt, you may be able to get your record expunged if you can show the following:
- You have no prior felony convictions
- You have no prior expungements
Drug Convictions/ Under Age Drinking — Depending on your age, and the nature of the charges, you may be able to get certain drug and/or alcohol charges dismissed and then expunged under certain circumstances. Generally speaking, this may require that you do the following:
- Be placed on probation for at least 12 months
- Complete drug treatment program unless exempted