If this is the first time ever being charged with a crime and you have been charged with an alcohol or drug offense, you might be eligible for the first time offender program called 90-96.
Under North Carolina General Statutes Section 90-96, courts are allowed to defer prosecution of alcohol and drug offenses for first time offenders. Essentially, first time offenders are given the opportunity to earn a dismissal through completion of this program.
The 90-96 program is a great option for first time offenders and sometimes even if you are charged with an alcohol or drug offense for a second time. The 90-96 programs requires that you attend alcohol and/or drug classes, pay the required fees and abide by the conditions of the program in order to have your case dismissed. Although as part of the 90-96 program you are required to sign an admission of guilt, this admission is irrelevant so long as you comply with the programs requirements within the year.
Once you have completed the 90-96 program and your case has been dismissed, your case will be eligible for expungement to clear your criminal record of the charge.
If you were charged with an alcohol or drug offense and would like to learn more about this program, or you have completed the program and would like help getting your criminal record expunged, call the attorneys at The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel, PLLC at 919-585-1486.