A criminal charge can follow you for the rest of your life, even if you win in court. Even an acquittal or a verdict of not guilty does not remove the charge from your criminal record. To permanently remove a charge from your record, you have to seek an expunction of the charge. Expunctions are also known as expungements or expungments. An expunction is the legal process by which a charge is permanently removed or erased from your criminal record.
are done where the charges against the defendant are dismissed or the defendant is acquitted of the charge. This is done via North Carolina General Statute 15A-146. While you are not required to hire a lawyer for have a charge expunged, most people find the process too tedious or complicated to handle on their own. There are a lot of hoops to jump through and criteria to meet in order to be eligible for an expunction. If you have a charge against you that was dismissed or for which you were found not guilty, you may be eligible to