Having a charge on your record for the rest of your life has collateral consequences that can make your life difficult. For example, when you apply for jobs, housing, or other assistance there is usually a box you have to check indicating whether you have a criminal record. They do not say outright that you will not be selected if you have been convicted of a crime, but it is implied and may negatively impact the final decision.
Obtaining an attorney to help with an expunction may be able to erase traces of past offenses from your record. Once cleared, background checks will not be able to see these charges and you will not be required to disclose having a criminal record.
However, North Carolina expunction statutes are narrow and restrict what charges may be erased. Your lawyer will be able to guide you through the process, determine whether you may qualify to receive an expunction, and file the appropriate forms.
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