Can a Charge on My Record Affect My Employment?


Even if you had a cased dismissed in North Carolina, a criminal charge on your record may affect your employment. Cases that are voluntarily dismissed will permanently stay on your record unless you choose to have the charge expunged.

Each employer is different. Some employers will do a full nationwide background check; some will only pull your credit. Some will rule you out as an employee based on traffic tickets; some have more lax standards about what charges they will allow.

If you are worried that a charge in your past will affect your ability to secure future employment, you may want to consider petitioning the court to expunge the charge. You do not have to live in North Carolina in order to do this, rather the process can be done completely over the phone and email with our office if you are eligible.

Contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at (919) 585-1486 for a free consultation. We will be able to advise you on whether you may be available to have your charges expunged from you record. Generally, if you are eligible, the process takes anywhere from six to nine months, but this varies county by county and can be longer or shorter. Email us at for more information about the process and what needs done to have your charge expunged in North Carolina. Our office serves all counties and areas of North Carolina for expungements. 

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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.