How To Get Your Criminal Record Expunged: Can You Get Multiple Expungements in North Carolina?
You can get as many expungements as the law allows. Some types expungements bar you from getting certain other types of expungement in the future and for other situations there could be multiple expungements allowed. It’s all very fact specific.
Certain Convictions under 18 and Certain Drinking Tickets under 21
Many can get an NC expungement of a misdemeanor conviction for an offense committed before the age 18 plus certain drinking tickets before age 21. That expungement statute does not list a prior expungement as a bar to getting one.
Dismissal/Not Guilty Expungements
In many cases you can’t get a dismissal expungement if you’ve had certain other types of expungements. If you have a misdemeanor conviction on your record and want to get an expungement for a dismissed case that conviction likely does not bar you from a dismissal expungement. For many clients the order of using their expungements is very important and if there are multiple things going on you could limit the possibilities for expungements if you do them in the wring order.
15 Year Wait Expungements
For many clients their public records can be erased through the expungement process for one misdemeanor or low level felony after 15 years have passed (assuming it’s the only criminal conviction on their record). In that situation most other prior expungements could block them from the 15 year wait kind of expungement. An expunction of a dismissal is the one type of expungement that is not listed as a bar to getting the 15 year type.
A prior expungement generally makes it difficult for a person to get an expungement more than once. However there is not a rule that allows only one expungement for all scenarios. The terms of each statute control whether a person can obtain another expungement. North Carolina law creates a narrow path to additional expungements in many situations. All cases are different. If you have questions about getting a second expungement contact The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation. Our NC Expungements Lawyers will answer your questions and let you know if we can expunge criminal records for you.