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Clearing Your Record: How Expungements Can Change Lives

Many individuals in North Carolina and South Carolina are eligible for expungements but may not realize it. Expunging a criminal record can open doors to new opportunities and positively impact various aspects of life. This blog post will explore the eligibility criteria, the types of offenses that can be expunged, and how Brown & Associates, PLLC, can assist you with the expungement process for a flat fee.


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Expungement Eligibility in North Carolina vs. South Carolina

Eligibility and Statistics

North Carolina:

  • In North Carolina, many people are eligible for expungement, particularly those with non-violent misdemeanor convictions, first-time non-violent felony convictions, or charges that were dismissed or resulted in a not guilty verdict.

  • Despite the eligibility, a significant number of individuals do not pursue expungement. According to recent data, only a small fraction of eligible individuals actually go through the process, often due to lack of awareness or understanding of the process.

South Carolina:

  • Similarly, in South Carolina, individuals with first-time offenses, non-violent misdemeanors, and certain drug offenses may be eligible for expungement.

  • As in North Carolina, many eligible individuals in South Carolina do not take advantage of expungement opportunities, resulting in continued barriers to employment, housing, and other life opportunities.

Types of Offenses That Can Be Expunged

North Carolina:

  • Non-Violent Misdemeanors: First-time offenders with non-violent misdemeanors can have their records expunged.

  • Non-Violent Felonies: Certain non-violent felony convictions can be expunged after a specified waiting period.

  • Dismissed Charges: Charges that were dismissed or resulted in a not guilty verdict can be expunged.

  • Juvenile Offenses: Some offenses committed as a juvenile can also be expunged.

South Carolina:

  • First-Time Offenses: First-time offenders with non-violent misdemeanors may be eligible for expungement.

  • Non-Violent Felonies: Similar to North Carolina, certain non-violent felonies can be expunged after a waiting period.

  • Drug Offenses: First-time drug offenses, particularly those involving possession, can be expunged.

  • Acquittals and Dismissals: Charges that were dismissed or resulted in an acquittal can be expunged.

How We Can Help You with Expungement

At Brown & Associates, PLLC, we understand the complexities of the expungement process and are here to help you navigate it smoothly. Our flat-fee service ensures transparency and affordability, allowing you to take the necessary steps to clear your record without financial stress.

Benefits of Expungement

  • Employment Opportunities: A clean record can enhance your job prospects, as many employers conduct background checks.

  • Housing: Expungement can improve your chances of securing rental housing, as landlords often check criminal records.

  • Education: Clearing your record can help with college admissions and obtaining financial aid.

  • Peace of Mind: Knowing that your past mistakes no longer haunt you can provide significant emotional relief and peace of mind.

Example Scenario

Imagine John, a resident of Charlotte, NC, who was convicted of a non-violent misdemeanor five years ago. Since then, he has struggled to find stable employment due to his criminal record. After learning about expungement, John contacts Brown & Associates, PLLC. Our team helps him gather the necessary documentation and file the appropriate paperwork. Within a few months, John’s record is expunged, opening up new job opportunities and allowing him to move forward with his life.

Conclusion

Expungement can significantly improve your life by removing barriers related to your criminal record. If you believe you are eligible for expungement in North Carolina or South Carolina, contact Brown & Associates, PLLC, today. Our experienced attorneys will guide you through the process and help you achieve a fresh start.

Contact Us:

Brown & Associates, PLLC Attorneys & Counselors at Law Park South Professional Center 10440 Park Road, Suite 200 Charlotte, NC 28210

Tel: 704-542-2525Fax: 704-541-4751

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