Law will provide opportunities for first-time offenders.
North Carolina has introduced the first law to provide broad expungement opportunities to adults convicted of crimes. The law, allowing expunctions of first-time nonviolent misdemeanor and low-level felony convictions, went into effect Dec. 1
The new law will offer a new beginning to thousands of individuals who have long since paid their debts to society.+
The law allowing for expunctions of firsttime nonviolent misdemeanor and low-level felony convictions 15 years after an individual has fully completed his or her sentence was signed into law on July 16, and went into effect on Dec. 1, 2012. If eligible, an individual must demonstrate he or she possesses good moral character and has been on good behavior throughout the 15-year waiting period. The law will benefit those who have long demonstrated a sincere dedication to contributing to society through their upstanding behavior, but are still being denied opportunities to reintegrate with and contribute to their communities.