Minimizing The Impact An Arrest Or Charge Has On Your Life
If you are charged with a crime in Pitt County or elsewhere in eastern North Carolina, you may be eligible for expungement.
Clear A Criminal Record In Pitt County
Expungement — also called “expunction” — is a legal process by which a criminal arrest and/or conviction can be removed from an offender’s criminal record. Arrest records, police reports and other evidence like fingerprints and jail photos can also be deleted from official records.
For a free consultation with an attorney who has successfully acquired expungements for student and adult clients, contact me, lawyer Frank Harper of Everett & Hite, L.L.P., at 252-758-4257 or toll free at 877-290-6948.
I Seek Long-Term Results That Matter
Many people err in thinking if a charge is dismissed, it is no longer on their records. This is not true. An arrest is on your record whether or not you are convicted of a crime.
Although not all crimes can be expunged and waiting times can apply, expungements are possible after certain lengths of time following the completion of a sentence, sooner if charges are dropped and a conviction never occurs.
It is important to find an experienced expungement attorney like me, someone who knows the North Carolina courts and understands the proper procedures for successfully clearing your record. For nearly two decades, I have helped students and adult clients navigate this process for a range of criminal charges. I can help increase the chances a potential employer or prospective academic institution will not find a blemish on your criminal record.
When a magistrate sets bond for someone arrested prior to a trial, I can seek to have that bond — also known as bail — amount reduced so that he or she can get out of jail.
Likewise, if an arrest warrant is issued for someone, I can negotiate on his or her behalf in advance to lower the expected bond amount.
Alternatives To A Guilty Plea
If a criminal conviction is imminent, it is not too late to limit your losses. I can work with the court to mitigate your punishment using alternatives, including:
- Underage drinking classes
- Alcohol or drug treatment program
- Volunteer community service
- Anger management classes
- Other alternative sentencing, including probation
You can rely on me to use my extensive criminal defense background to identify programs and other opportunities that may minimize the impact an arrest or charge has on your future.