G.S. 15A-149 allows expunction of a conviction for which a person has received a pardon of innocence (see Table 9). Reflecting that a person who is eligible for this type of expunction has been declared innocent of the charges, the statute imposes no other requirements—for example, no waiting period, no limit on prior expunctions, and no requirement of a conviction-free record. A person who receives a pardon of innocence also is entitled to have DNA records or samples destroyed under G.S. 15A-148, discussed supra under Expunctions of Dismissals and Similar Dispositions: DNA Records. For a further discussion of pardons, see infra Other Procedures: Pardons.

Table 9. After Pardon of Innocence

Matters Subject to Expunction

Principal Restrictions on Expunction

Applicable Statutes and Forms

  • Conviction of crime for which person has received pardon of innocence
  • None