Relief from a Criminal Conviction: A Digital Guide to Expunctions, Certificates of Relief,
and Other Procedures in North Carolina

John Rubin

Welcome to the School of Government’s web-based guide on relief from a criminal conviction. The guide explains in one place the various mechanisms available in North Carolina for obtaining relief from a criminal conviction, including expunctions, certificates of relief, and other procedures. The guide supplements the School’s Collateral Consequences Assessment Tool, C-CAT, an online tool enabling users to identify the potential consequences of a criminal conviction in North Carolina.

Features of this guide include:

  • Keyword searching
  • Links to internal and external cross-references
  • Printable pages throughout the site
  • Accessibility from anywhere your electronic device can connect to the Internet
  • Periodic updates (a notation will appear at the top of affected pages)

The author, John Rubin, is a School of Government faculty member who specializes in criminal law and procedure. He thanks Whitney Fairbanks and Jamie Markham at the School of Government, Troy Page at the Administrative Office of the Courts, John Aldridge at the Attorney General’s Office, and Keith Williams in private practice for reviewing drafts of this guide. He also thanks Nancy Dooly and Stefanie Panke at the School of Government for editing the guide and converting it into digital form. The conclusions expressed in this guide and any errors are those of the author.

This guide does not purport to provide legal advice in individual cases. Users should refer to relevant parts of the North Carolina General Statutes and other laws and seek advice as necessary from a qualified attorney.

©2012 UNC School of Government.