Expungement Lawyers in Charlotte
No matter the degree, a criminal conviction can severely cripple your ability to obtain a job, qualify for immigration benefits, get an apartment, and, in general, build a successful future. You may feel as though a single mistake or unfair trial has permanently restricted your access to certain opportunities.
Fortunately, you may be able to expunge your record in certain circumstances. At Oakhurst Legal Group, our Charlotte expungement lawyer works with those who have been accused of committing crimes as well as those who have already received a conviction. Depending on your case, we may be able to clear your record of one or more crimes, which can greatly improve your current situation and future.
What Is an Expungement?
Also called expunction, expungement is the legal process of removing a charge or conviction from a person’s criminal record. This process also seals or destroys the state’s records of your arrest and subsequent trial. After an expungement, therefore, it will be as though you were never charged or convicted. Even in a future court case, you can legally deny that the charge or conviction happened.
What Crimes Can Be Expunged?
Unfortunately, North Carolina has a range of statutes that govern the scope of expungements. Some statutes allow you to only expunge a certain type of crime, while others allow you to expunge many different types of crimes but only if you committed them at a young age. Statutes also differ in how long you have to wait before filing for expungement and whether you can expunge multiple crimes at once.
You may have a choice between filing under one statute or another. Our team at Oakhurst Legal Group can help you understand which statutes apply to you, what options may be best for your situation, and which charges or convictions may be expunged.
How to Get Your Record Expunged
To expunge one or more charges or convictions, you will need to file the appropriate petition, and each type of expungement has different instructions and requirements. You may, for example, need to include an affidavit of good character signed by people who know you. You may or may not need to obtain a judge’s signature or attend a hearing.
Due to these complications, we urge you to let us help you file your expungement petition(s). We can make sure you file the right petition and include all the requisite forms, documentation, and evidence.
Generally, you will need to pay a $175 filing fee for your petition. You might not need to pay this fee, however, if you are expunging a charge that resulted in a “not guilty” verdict.
The entire process may take several months. If the court denies your request, you may be able to file an appeal, but you will likely have a very short window to do so.
Why Choose Oakhurst Legal Group?
Many of the issues with which we help our clients are extraordinarily time-sensitive and high-stakes. As such, we are available 24/7 for your most urgent legal needs. We are deeply passionate about protecting our clients’ rights and wellbeing, which is why we work tirelessly to secure favorable resolutions. We provide a compassionate ear, honest counsel, innovative solutions, and nothing short of exemplary legal representation.