Governor Cooper Signs Bill Making it easier for many to clear their North Carolina Criminal Records through the expungement process

Many people who have been convicted of non-violent crimes, done their time and showed that they can stay out of trouble with the law will soon have an easier and shorter path to getting their criminal record cleared from public view.

Gov. Roy Cooper signed a law on Friday that standardizes the process for some people to have their criminal records “expunged.” Expungement means that the record of an arrest or criminal conviction essentially disappears from public view. It makes it easier for people applying for jobs, rental housing or applying to college or grad school.

“Criminal justice shouldn’t end at incarceration. It should end at restoration,” Cooper said. “We want North Carolinians who have corrected their mistakes to go on to live purposeful, productive lives.”

The new law takes effect on Dec. 1st 2017. It reduces the waiting time for expungement for a first-time non-violent felony to 10 years from 15. It lessens the wait to five years for a nonviolent misdemeanor and eliminates a restriction on someone obtaining multiple expungements if prior charges were dismissed or the person was found not guilty in court.


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.