North Carolina State Resources
North Carolina Expunction Summary
The law allows first-time, nonviolent misdemeanors and low-level felony convictions committed as an adult to be erased after 15 years if people are able to demonstrate "good moral character" and good behavior. Charges that don't result in conviction also can be expunged.
Effect of Expungement:
Effective December 1, 2013, a newly amended statute prohibits any inquiry that results in revealing an expunged arrest, charge or conviction. Employers must also not seek or ask about criminal histories in a manner that results in the disclosure of any expunged information. Penalties for violating the new law include an initial warning and then up to $500 per incident for subsequent violations.
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North Carolina Court System: Criminal Background Checks
Free Statewide Forms & Instructions:
Note: This procedure does not grant an expungement, but does allow someone with two or fewer felony convictions of certain types to receive a Certificate that can enable them to better deal with the collateral consequences of a criminal conviction, such as professional licensing.
Expunction of Juvenile Records
North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services Manual
Free County Specific Forms & Instructions:
County Courthouse Locator
Obtain addresses and driving directions for all North Carolina county courthouses by selecting the appropriate county name.
Form AOC-CR-314: Criminal Record Search
Request that the Clerk of Superior Court conduct a search of the official records of the criminal cases in the courts of the specific county and certify the results of that search for the name(s).
Note: THE CLERK WILL SEARCH THE COURT RECORDS FOR ONLY THE COUNTY NAMED IN THE REQUEST. THIS IS NOT A STATEWIDE RECORD SEARCH REQUEST FORM.
Cumberland County, Judicial District 12: Criminal Record Checks
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North Carolina Justice Center is the state's leading research and advocacy organization dedicated to transforming North Carolina's prosperity into opportunity for all. Its mission is to eliminate poverty in North Carolina by ensuring that every household in the state has access to the resources, services and fair treatment it needs in order to enjoy economic security.
Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool, or C-CAT, fills an existing gap in resources for those who regularly work with people involved with the criminal justice system, both before and after disposition. North Carolina statutes and regulations require or authorize a wide array of collateral consequences and civil disabilities when a person is convicted of a crime. C-CAT centralizes the collateral consequences imposed under North Carolina law for a criminal conviction and helps attorneys, other professionals, and affected individuals advise people more accurately and completely about the impact of a conviction.
Action for Children North Carolina
University of North Carolina School of Government Expunction Guide: Types, Requirements, and Impact of 2009 Legislation
Pardons and Erasure of Convictions in North Carolina
North Carolina Court System Homepage
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization founded in August 2007 in Durham, North Carolina by a
multidisciplinary group, predominantly people of color, who believe that
families and communities engaged in social justice struggles need a
team of lawyers, social scientists, community organizers and media
specialists to support them in their efforts to dismantle structural
racism and oppression.
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