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4 reasons to consider an expunction

The further you move away from your conviction, the easier it is to forget. Of course, if you have a misdemeanor or felony in your past, your criminal record may haunt you forever. Fortunately, there may be a way to effectively remove arrests or convictions from your North Carolina record. 

While obtaining one can be tough, an expunction may wipe out all or part of your criminal record. If your criminal history occurred in North Carolina, a new law may allow you to seek an expunction without waiting for a significant amount of time to pass. Here are four reasons you may want to pursue an expunction

1. Your career is at a standstill 

Gone are the days when employers only relied on references and resumes when hiring new employees. Now, many hiring managers perform background checks on new hires. If you cannot compete for the job you want because of your criminal conviction, seeking an expunction may make sense. 

2. Your reputation is on the line 

Quick internet searches can reveal a tremendous amount of information about virtually anyone. If you do not want your family members or friends to know about your past indiscretions, asking a judge to expunge your criminal record may help safeguard your reputation. 

3. Your professional licensure is at stake 

Doctors, lawyers, accountants and others must receive permission from licensing boards to practice in North Carolina. If you are trying to pursue professional licensure, your criminal record could derail your plans. While licensing laws likely require you to report past criminal conduct, an expunction may make the difference between receiving your license and not. 

4. Your personal integrity is important 

Finally, you may want to clear your name for your own personal edification. If you are no longer the person you used to be, obtaining an expunction may help you focus on the person you have become. 

As you likely know, having a criminal record in North Carolina can hold you back. While not everyone qualifies for an expunction, pursuing one may help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

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