Major Changes for North Carolina Expungement Eligibility on the Horizon!

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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.

The State: Second Chance Act … bills pass in the NC Senate


“▪ 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.”

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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.