Welcome to the 2015 edition of Relief from a Criminal Conviction: A Digital Guide to Expunctions, Certificates of Relief, and Other Procedures in North Carolina. This web-based guide from the School of Government explains in one place the principal mechanisms available in North Carolina for obtaining relief from a criminal conviction. It 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. This edition of the guide includes changes made by the General Assembly through the end of its 2015 legislative session.

Features 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

The author, John Rubin, is a School of Government faculty member who specializes in criminal law and procedure. He thanks Jamie Markham and Shea Denning at the School of Government, Whitney Fairbanks at the Administrative Office of the Courts, and Daniel Bowes of the North Carolina Justice Center for their thoughtful comments on this edition of the guide. He also thanks Nancy Dooly and Stefanie Panke at the School of Government for editing the guide and converting it into online form. The conclusions expressed in this guide and any errors are those of the author. Comments and suggestions should be directed to John Rubin.

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.

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