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Do I Have A Criminal Record?

Being charged with a crime in Duplin or Onslow County can be a frightening experience. If you have never been through the criminal justice process in North Carolina, you may feel overwhelmed by how aggressively criminal offenses are prosecuted in this state. City, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies are tough on crime in North Carolina and they prosecute almost every arrest. Because the prosecution division and law enforcement agencies have substantial resources at their disposal, you need to have an experienced defense team on your side to avoid having a criminal record.

The criminal defense lawyers at Welch and Avery, LLP have extensive experience defending clients charged with crimes throughout eastern North Carolina and the Cape Fear Region. They have devoted their careers to standing up for their clients to ensure they are treated fairly within the justice system. If you have been charged with a crime in North Carolina, contact Welch and Avery, LLP at (910) 405-8459 for a free case evaluation.

What is a Criminal Record?

A criminal record is the history of charges and criminal convictions for a person. It includes convictions for felonies, misdemeanors, and some traffic offenses such as DWI. It also includes any arrests or citations, even if the case was eventually dismissed or dropped. Because criminal records are a part of the public record, your criminal record may be accessed by potential employers, landlords, schools, and other entities that use the information in your criminal record to make a decision or determination about you.

Background checks have become a common means of evaluating everyone from potential employees and applicants to tenants and caregivers. Having a criminal record can limit your job search, where you can live, and countless other opportunities in the future. Because of the potential harm that a criminal record can have on your future, it is vital that you retain legal counsel to fight criminal charges rather than try to handle them yourself.

Can I Have My Criminal Record Erased?

Yes, you may be able to file a Petition for Expunction under current North Carolina expungement laws. If granted, an expungement removes the criminal case, and the conviction if applicable, from your official criminal record. To the public reviewing your criminal record, it will be as if the charge and/or conviction never existed.

There are some limitations as to what types of convictions and/or cases can be expunged; however, you can successfully expunge several types of cases from your criminal record. To determine if your criminal conviction is eligible for expungement, contact our office to speak with one of our experienced criminal defense lawyers.

Contact an Experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney

“Attorneys Who Aggressively Protect Your Rights”

Welch and Avery, LLP is a full-service Jacksonville Criminal and Civil law firm that is committed to providing results-driven legal representation to businesses and individuals seeking an alternative to large-firm representation. We focus on getting you the results you want while offering you a cost-effective solution to your legal needs. We understand that we work for our clients; therefore; our attorneys communicate regularly with each client to ensure that the client knows what is going on with the case.

When you have legal problems, you need an experienced legal professional in your corner. No matter the case, you should have an attorney working for you who knows the law and who has the experience to get results. We represent clients throughout Duplin County, Onslow County and the surrounding communities. Call our office at (910) 405-8459 or contact us online today for a free case evaluation.

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