Expungement Law Changes for 2015 in North Carolina

Members of the Legislature have gone back and forth this year discussing changes to several different portions of the expungement laws in North Carolina.  The most significant change to our state’s expungement laws this year will be the removal of a DWI conviction from the list of cases which are allowed to be expunged.  As of December 1st, 2015, an individual with a DWI conviction will be unqualified to have it expunged from their record regardless of when they received the conviction.

The Legislation was said to be discussing the mandatory waiting period for any individual over the age of 18 with a conviction who wishes to have an expungement done.  According to the original bill, members where attempting to have the waiting period reduced from 15 years for both a felony and misdemeanor, to 10 years for a felony and 5 years for a misdemeanor.  In addition, the writers where attempting to gain approval for individuals to be allowed two expungements in their lifetime, rather than just the one allowed at this time.  Unfortunately, this portion of the bill was denied and members of the Legislature requested the writers to rewrite the bill.  The writers are said to be reintroducing the bill in the next session, which is to begin in March 2016.

The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC focuses on North Carolina expungement petitions.  We encourage you to contact our office at (919) 585-1486, for a free expungement consultation.


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.