North Carolina Expungement Bill passes the NC Senate. This bill would bring major changes to North Carolina Expungement law.
Senate Bill 562 passes the Senate by a vote of 44-0. The bill moves on to the House for expected passage and then a signature by Governor Roy Cooper.
New Eligibility Rules for those with convictions from under the age of 18. Almost all H and I Felony Convictions and almost all misdemeanor convictions are now covered minus DWI related or sexual registry related convictions under the age of 18. Multiple convictions are also covered. If you have anything on your record that happened before you turn 18 you should call for a free consultation today.
Automatic dismissal expungements. Starting on July 1, 2020 the process would become automatic after most dismissals or not-guilty verdicts.
New Eligibility Rules for those with multiple nonviolent misdemeanor or felony convictions. The current law just allows people get one conviction. The law would soon allow for those with more than one conviction on different dates to seek relief.
The new law would go into effect on December 1, 2019 for convictions and on July 1, 2020 for automatic dismissals after the case finishes in court. The bill applies to offenses committed before that date. Any dismissals prior to July 1, 2020 would still need to apply for an expungement under the current process.
This law change could help many in North Carolina. If you have questions about whether you are eligible for a North Carolina expungement if this bill becomes law please call The Law Offices of Wiley Nickel at 919-585-1486 for a free consultation.
SECOND CHANCE ACT
“▪ SB 562: The Second Chance Act bill would automatically expunge the records of people who had charges dismissed or were found not guilty of nonviolent and nonsexual crimes. The bill passed the Senate with bipartisan support after an amendment to take out language that would have included traffic violations.
Sen. Danny Britt Jr., a Republican who represents Robeson and Columbus counties, described it as a jobs bill. He said that it gives people a better chance when applying for jobs or renting an apartment. The expunction process would be a click of a button, he said, and would not burden clerks.
“What this is is a jobs bill to get these people back into society, where they should be,” Britt said.
Sen. Floyd McKissick Jr., a Durham Democrat, said this would make sure that when someone is found not guilty or charges dismissed, “they aren’t burdened with a scarlet letter their whole lives.”