In North Carolina, an expunction is the destruction of a criminal record by court order. An expunction (also called an “expungement”) of a criminal record restores the individual, in the view of the law, to the status he or she occupied before the criminal record existed. Public Defenders in North Carolina are prohibited from handling expunction cases. Indigent individuals may, however, be able to receive help with an expunction from the North Carolina Justice Center which has created a great web resource to explain the expunction process. Please use the following link to find additional information.
The Southern Coalition for Social Justice also runs a “clean slate” project which helps indigent individuals clean up their past criminal records. You can find more information here:
The University of North Carolina School of Government has also published a digital guide called “Relief from a Criminal Conviction: A Digital Guide to Expunctions, Certificates of Relief, and Other Procedures in North Carolina.” You can view the guide at this link: