Concord, NC asked in Criminal Law, Personal Injury, Civil Rights and Juvenile Law for North Carolina

Q: I was charged as a minor but convicted as an adult. Is there anyway, besides expungement, to get those charges removed?

When I was 16 I got into a lot of trouble. The court system waited until I was an adult to fully convict me of a misdemeanor marijuana possession (1/2 > 1 & 1/2 oz) and now it's causing damage to my adult life. Is there any way to put these charges onto my juvenile record so that they will no longer show on my adult record? Are there any steps I can take to sue for damages caused because of the courts neglect and oversight on this manner? I've looked into expungement which can cost in excess of $4,000 and cannot afford to take such route because my criminal background practically prohibits me from gaining any type of meaningful employment (I've been told many times that, even though I'm honest about these charges, I don't qualify for those positions). These charges have ruined my adult life and I need to know if there's anything I can do (cost-effectively) that can make them go away. Thank you.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kristen Dewar
Kristen Dewar
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Licensed in North Carolina

A: There is no other way in NC to remove charges from your criminal record other than expungement. $4000 is a lot for an expungement of this type. I would keep calling around for quotes.

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