Overview Description

Records relating to certain controlled substance and paraphernalia charges, for a person not over the age of 21 at the time of the offense, can be expunged upon dismissal, nolle prosequi, or finding of not guilty or adjudication of innocence. N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 15A-145.2(b), 15A-145.3(b).

Ineligible Category or Citation

This provision applies only to offenses specified in N.C. Gen. Stat. sections 15A-145.2(b),15A-145.3(b), and 90-95(a)(3).

Procedure General

The petition must be filed in the court that handled the case. For the specific procedure, see N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 15A-145.2(b), 15A-145.3(b), 15A-150 et seq.

Fees

The $175 filing fee is waivable if the petitioner is indigent. N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 15A-145.2(d), 15A-145.3(d).

Effect

The person need not disclose the arrest or court proceedings. N.C. Gen. Stat. §§ 15A-145.2(b), 15A-145.3(b).

Forms

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

Waiting Periods

The petition can be filed upon dismissal, nolle prosequi, or finding of not guilty or adjudication of innocence.

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