New Expungement Law

If you have a felony or misdemeanor conviction which occurred when you were over the age of 18, then you are probably aware you would be unqualified to file a Petition and Order of Expunction for at least 15 years.

If you have a felony or misdemeanor conviction which occurred when you were over the age of 18, then you are probably aware you would be unqualified to file a Petition and Order of Expunction for at least 15 years.

The General Assembly of North Carolina will be voting on a new expungement law this year.  If passed, the new law would be put into effect on December 1st, 2015.  Senate Bill 362 will change several aspects of the expunction laws for our state:

•             “A petition for expunction of a nonviolent felony shall not be filed earlier than (i) 10 years after the date of the conviction or (ii) the completion of any active sentence, period of probation, and post-release supervision has been served, whichever occurs later.”

•             “A petition for expunction of a nonviolent misdemeanor shall not be filed earlier than (i) 5 years after the date of (ii) the conviction or the completion of any active sentence, period of probation, and post-release supervision has been served, whichever occurs later.”

In short, Senate Bill 362 would reduce the 15 year waiting time down to 10 years for nonviolent felony convictions and 5 years for nonviolent misdemeanor convictions. 

If you have a felony or misdemeanor conviction and would like to get your North Carolina record expunged, contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC, at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation with our experienced North Carolina expungement lawyers.

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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.