[North Carolina] The Second Chance Act Signed Into Law

02 JUL 2020

Legislation addressing criminal records expungement has been signed into law in North Carolina by Governor Roy Cooper. The Second Chance Act allows certain felonies and misdemeanours - committed prior to December 1, 2019 - to be expunged from a juvenile’s record. It also eliminates barriers that limit certain nonviolent crimes to be removed from an adult’s record.

From December 1, people with criminal records can seek to expunge more than one misdemeanour conviction after seven years instead of a waiting period of five years for each misdemeanour or 10 years for one felony. The measure received bipartisan support in the General Assembly. The Charlotte Weekly offers further details of the new legislation and statements from Governor Cooper and Senator Danny Britt Jr, its sponsor.