Restoration of Citizenship Rights Following a Felony Conviction

Citizenship Rights Post Felony Conviction

As many people know, a convicted felon is barred from exercising various citizenship rights, including the right to vote, the right to hold public office, and the right to sit on a jury.  However, what most people do not know is that these citizenship rights are usually automatically restored upon the completion of a person’s felony sentence.

Citizenship Law

Pursuant to Chapter 13 of the N.C. General Statutes, a person convicted of a felony in North Carolina shall automatically have these citizenship rights restored upon the completion of his or her entire felony sentence, including period of incarnation, parole/post-release supervision, and probation.  For felony convictions outside of North Carolina’s jurisdiction, the restoration process is not automatic.  Instead, an application must be submitted to the clerk of court in the person’s county of residence before a certificate evidencing citizenship rights restoration can be issued.

What are the Next Steps?

Completion of a felony sentence and restoration of citizenship rights is not an expungement, so the conviction will still remain on your record.  Furthermore, restoration of citizenship rights does not restore other important rights lost as the result of a felony conviction, such as the loss of firearm rights.

Contact an North Carolina Expungement Attorney Today

For more information on expungements and the restoration of rights following a felony conviction, call an expungement lawyer at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC today at (919) 585-1486(919) 585-1486.      

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Wiley Nickel

Wiley Nickel lives and works in Cary, North Carolina. In 1998, he graduated from Tulane University with a major in Political Science and a minor in History. After college Wiley went to work for Al Gore and travelled with the Vice President as part of his national advance staff. Following the Gore campaign he earned his law degree from the Pepperdine University School of Law in 2005. While in law school Wiley worked as a law clerk in the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office where he gained valuable criminal trial experience before taking and passing the California bar exam. His first job out of law school was for the Merced County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as a Deputy District Attorney with a focus on prosecuting DWI offenders. Wiley later joined the Law Offices of Joseph Uremovic where he focused on civil litigation and family law. When the opportunity came to join the Obama campaign in 2008 Wiley jumped at the chance. He spent three years travelling with President Obama as a member of his national advance team. In 2011 Wiley left his work for the White House to return to the practice of law. Wiley devotes the majority of his practice to the areas of criminal law, family law, traffic tickets and DMV issues. The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel was started with the goal of providing the best representation possible for all of his clients. Experienced, Compassionate, Aggressive Criminal Defense While defense attorney Wiley Nickel works as the primary attorney for all of his cases, he does have an associate attorney, a team of investigators, forensic consultants, and support staff to call on to help achieve the best possible result in every case. He limits his case load so that he can focus on providing the best possible legal defense to all of his clients. Every case is a top priority and the goal is to have your case dismissed with a focus on being able to expunge your charges at the end of the process. When he is not working, Wiley is an avid family man, distance runner and golfer. He loves North Carolina college sports and is hoping this is the year for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wiley is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and California.