expungement in north carolina

Expungement is the process that seals or “erases” a conviction, charge, or arrest from public record. When an arrest or criminal conviction is expunged from a person’s record, they no longer have to disclose that information on an application for a job, apartment, or higher education. NC’s Second Chance Act: changes you need to know…

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protesting in charlotte

As an American, you have the right to organize or join together with fellow citizens in protest and peaceful assembly. Though this First Amendment right is not absolute, the government cannot prohibit a public assembly at their own discretion. Time, place, and manner restrictions put in place by government institutions are permissible as long as…

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The onset of the pandemic in the United States in early 2020 has renewed concerns regarding prison population overcrowding throughout the country, as well as heightened health and safety concerns among those incarcerated and their families. Requests for early release, compassionate release, and conversion to home confinement have flooded the justice systems in most states…

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guns north carolina

According to WBTV, the COVID-19 pandemic has spurred a rise in gun and ammo sales not only in North Carolina but also across the country. People are panic-buying guns and ammo just as much as they are buying hand sanitizer and toilet paper. However, it is important to understand that owning a gun does not…

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felony conviction

A felony is a crime, typically involving violence, that is seen as more severe than a misdemeanor. In North Carolina, felonies are divided into 10 different classifications, which don’t all have hard set rules for punishments. Sentences for felonies can range from death or life imprisonment to fines, probation, or community service. Beyond sentencing, the impact…

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arrest warrant

Being served in NC can have a serious impact; in this post, we’re breaking down the difference of criminal summons vs warrants for arrest. North Carolina is a unique state which allows local judicial officials to issue citizen-initiated warrants. This means that a citizen can go down to a local Magistrate for example, explain to them…

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Expungement of Dismissed Case in NC

One question we often get from clients after getting their cases dismissed is, how will this affect my record? Will a background check reveal I was arrested? Will the charges show up when I go to rent property? The short answer is usually yes, the arrest and charges would still appear.  The follow up question,…

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expungement law

This post was updated June 13, 2019. In 2017, Gov. Roy Cooper signed the North Carolina expungement law that made it easier for people to have their criminal record expunged if they have been convicted of and served time for nonviolent crimes and have proven they can stay out of trouble with the law. Criminal…

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north carolina criminal defense attorney

A shoplifting charge, or conviction, on your record often has far-reaching consequences, beyond what happens in the courthouse. This type of offense is known in the legal world as a “crime of moral turpitude.” Since shoplifting is associated with low morality, opportunities can be limited when applying for college, a job, or a new apartment…

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drug paraphernalia north carolina criminal defense attorney

Being charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia is a serious offense, and also one that bewilders many defendants. How can someone be charged with a drug crime when no illegal drugs are actually found? And how can it be against the law to possess items that are legally available for purchase in stores?

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