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Getting A Second Chance In North Carolina

For many people, a criminal arrest need not result in a conviction or a criminal record. In North Carolina, there are a number of programs for first offenders that can mitigate the worst consequences of an arrest. If you qualify for a first offender program and the court consents, the charge will be deferred while you complete community service and pay a fine. For drug or alcohol crimes, you may also have to complete treatment sessions. If you stay out of trouble during the deferral period and successfully complete what is required of you, the charge will be dismissed. You may even qualify for an expungement.

Some of the first offender programs that are available in Wake County include the following:

  • Misdemeanor first offender program
  • Felony first offender program
  • Drug diversion program
  • Conditional discharge

The rules and requirements of these programs differ somewhat. But each one can give a person a second chance. A criminal defense lawyer can review your situation and explain your options.

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