Overview Description

Records relating to certain first offense misdemeanor and felony controlled substance offenses committed when the person was not over 21 can be expunged by the court one year after conviction, so long as the person has no prior felony or controlled substance convictions. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-145.2(c).

Ineligible Category or Citation

This provision applies only to first-offender convictions under Article 5 of Chapter 90 of the General Statutes of possessing a controlled substance included within Schedules I through VI of Chapter 90, possession of drug paraphernalia as prohibited by section 90-113.22, and felonies under section 90-95(a)(3). N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-145.2(c).

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court of conviction. For the specific procedure, see N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 15A-145.2(c), 15A-150 et seq.


The $175 filing fee is waivable if the petitioner is indigent. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-145.2(d).


If the court grants the petition, the conviction is canceled and the records of arrest and court proceedings are expunged. The person need not disclose the arrest or court proceedings. N.C. Gen. Stat. § 15A-145.2(c).


For an application to expunge a record in North Carolina, visit here.

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed 12 months after the conviction.

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