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Useful Guide on Expungement of Older, Non-violent Misdemeanor and Felony Convictions

Effective December 2012, G.S. 15A-145.5 authorizes expunction of older nonviolent misdemeanor and felony convictions in North Carolina.  Previously, only charges that had been dismissed, as well as certain offenses committed as a youth, were eligible for expungement.

Expungement means that the record of the charge is removed from all databases maintained by North Carolina law enforcement agencies and the Clerk of Court.  Only one expungement can be entered.

Fortunately, this is is a new avenue of relief for individuals previously convicted of low-level, non-violent felonies decades ago.

A detailed analysis of the new statute can be found on the UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government blog.

If you need assistance with questions about an expungement, or have questions regarding a pending criminal case or investigation, please contact the Winiker Law Firm, PLLC – (704) 333-8440 –


About the Author
Mr. Winiker is an experienced trial attorney who defends individuals and businesses in state and federal white-collar criminal cases. He counsels clients in pre-trial negotiations with the United States Department of Justice, counsels clients under investigation by the FBI, IRS, SEC and other federal and state agencies, and regularly defends people charged with felony and misdemeanor crimes in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He is a former federal and state prosecutor who is admitted to practice in North Carolina, the United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth and Ninth Circuits.

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