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Welcome to the School of Government’s web-based guide on relief from a criminal conviction. This guide explains in one place the principal mechanisms available in North Carolina for obtaining relief from a criminal conviction, including expunctions, certificates of relief, and other procedures. 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 its 2014 legislative session and any changes enacted during the 2015 legislative session at the time of release of this edition.

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 (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 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.

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.

©2015 UNC School of Government.

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