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Wake County Reentry and Expunction Resources

General Information about the expunction process

What is an expunction?
An expunction is a legal process to remove a criminal conviction or a criminal charge from a person’s record and to seal or destroy the state’s records of the arrest, charge, and/or conviction. A person who has had an expunction granted generally cannot be found guilty of perjury if he or she denies that the arrest, charge, or conviction ever happened. However, an expunction might not provide relief from all consequences of the charge or conviction; for example, an expunction might not prevent the expunged case from being used for federal immigration decisions.

North Carolina also allows the expunction of certain records of juvenile delinquency, but that process is different from expunction of adult criminal charges and convictions. You can read more about juvenile expunction in the Juvenile Delinquency Help Topic.

What is the difference between an “expunction” and “expungement”?
“Expunction” and “expungement” mean the same thing. North Carolina’s expunction statutes use both terms interchangeably.
Who is eligible for an expunction?
There are numerous expunction statutes in North Carolina. Some allow the expunction of only specific types of offenses, like drug possession. Other statutes allow expunction of a broader range of offenses but for a smaller group of people, like persons who were under 18 or 21 at the time of the offense. Still others depend on how the charge ended; for example, there are statutes that address expunction of convictions and statutes that address expunction of charges that were dismissed or for which the defendant was found not guilty.
Who can help me obtain an expunction?
You can hire a lawyer, in the county of your conviction or dismissed charges, to file an expunction for you. If you are low income, you may be eligible for a free lawyer from Legal Aid of North Carolina.

To contact Legal Aid, call 1-866-219-LANC. Some counties may allow you to file your own petition.

More information about how to file your own expunction application

The table on the link lists the statutes that govern expunction, their titles (which describe briefly the kinds of cases eligible for expunction under that statute) and provides links to the Administrative Office of the Courts’ petition forms and instruction sheets for each type of expunction

This fair is open to all justice-involved individuals and their supporters!

If you have been involved with the criminal justice system in Wake County, there will be resources present to help connect you and your family to assistance and community service providers.  

Additionally, volunteer lawyers will be present to explain North Carolina expunction law and also to screen attendees to determine whether they may be eligible to participate in a free expunction clinic in early 2019.

To be clear, no criminal records will be expunged on October 13, 2018; rather, a screening will be performed to determine whether attendees are eligible for the expunction clinic.

Community Partners from housing, employment, healthcare, and human services will be on site to help guests connect with services.

Legal services for the 2018-19 expungement screening represent volunteers from the following organizations:

  • Wake County District Attorney’s Office
  • Legal Aid of North Carolina
  • NC Advocates for Justice
  • NC Justice Center
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Blanchard Community Law Clinic of Campbell Law School
  • NC Pro Bono Resource Center
  • Southern Coalition for Social Justice
  • Wake County Public Defender’s Office

Our Wake County communities thank you for your dedication and service to social justice initiatives.

To register for an expungement screening you may do one of the following:

  • Fill out and submit the form below
  • Call Diana Powell from Justice Served at 919-594-9076

We also need volunteers and service providers to make this day a success!

Register NOW

If you are interested in an expungement screening, it may be helpful (but is not required) for you to obtain and review a copy of your criminal record prior to attending the event. You will need to be familiar with your record to answer screening questions. You can obtain a free copy of your criminal record in Room 1000 of the Wake County Justice Center located at 300 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601. You do not need to bring a copy of your record to the event.