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How Expungement Can Help Your Future

  • By James Cummings
  • Jan 04, 2017

  

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Carteret County Expungement Attorney

  • By James Cummings
  • Jun 03, 2015

Just because you have been criminally charged does not mean that you are without hope. There are instances in which a first-time offender can get the crime expunged from their record. Expungement means that the records are sealed and that anyone who runs a background check would not run across the criminal case and that someone who had been involved in the law would be able to honestly answer "no" when asked if they have been - providing them with the ability to easily and successfully move forward in their future unhampered by the prior conviction.  

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Do I Need To Expunge A Dismissed Case?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

A common question about criminal law cases is what can be to seal the record of the case once it gets dismissed? Most people don’t want a criminal record because it can impact their ability to obtain future employment or professional licenses. When possible, criminal defendants will seek to have their criminal records expunged (or sealed) from public view. However, it can be difficult to understand when you need to seek expungement of your case, especially if the case was dismissed. Knowing the difference between a dismissed case and one that is expunged is important because the result of each of these legalities is very different:  

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Is My Criminal Record Available To The Public?

  • By James Cummings
  • Feb 17, 2015

Being arrested or convicted of a crime has a negative impact on your daily life. You might face the risk of loss of your job, increased auto insurance rates for DWI cases, the requirement to pay stiff fines and penalties, damage to your reputation, and possible jail time. When you are arrested or convicted of a crime your official criminal record also takes a hit. Instances of arrest and conviction are made on your criminal record, and may be searchable by the public. This means if you are applying for a job, potential employers could have access to the information when performing routine background checks.  

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Can Charges Be Erased From My Record?

  • By James Cummings
  • Jul 02, 2014

After an arrest and conviction, many people want to have the slate wiped clean. The legal process of expungement removes criminal charges completely from your record. Having a clean criminal record is important when you apply for jobs and certain licenses. Having charges “erased” is available only in certain circumstances, and the advice of a competent criminal defense attorney helps clarify when you should seek expungement. 

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