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Proposed Bill Would Assist Convicted North Carolina Residents

A bill that would help ex-cons who are working toward a fresh start is before the North Carolina legislature. The bill, House Bill 641, would only provide a measure of relief to ex-cons who were convicted of Class G felonies or lesser crimes.

The most likely to benefit from the new bill are individuals who were previously convicted of drug crimes, DWI and domestic assault. These crimes are usually misdemeanor crimes, as opposed to more serious felony crimes.

The bill, if approved, would provide ex-cons with a "Certificate of Relief." The certificate would act as testimony that the person has turned his or her life around after a North Carolina conviction.

The goal of the Certificate of Relief would be to help ex-cons who attempt to secure employment or housing. Many North Carolina residents who have been convicted of a crime have trouble buying a house, renting an apartment or finding an employer who will hire him or her.

According to the news report, the bill is the product of a joint venture between North Carolina businessmen, government officials and legislators and ex-offenders. The bill is currently pending approval in the Senate.

Many former offenders want the opportunity to begin anew without the weight of a past conviction standing in their way. Expungement, another option for convicted offenders, is only available in extremely limited circumstances, whereas the Certificate of Relief may apply more broadly.

Source: Fox Charlotte "NC Bill Would Help Ex-Cons Get a Job," Renee Lasalle, 6/3/2011

8 Comments

Hi my name is Daniel Foster I was wondering do I need a lawyer to file this pettion? Or can i do it myself ? Does cost anything to file the pettion ? If i can do it myself what are steps i need to do ? Thank you for your help.

I was wondering the same thing. Whats the steps I need to take in order to receive this Certificate of Relief. Thank You

I also am wondering if this costs anything and what to do. I had been convicted of a misdemeanor in Minnesota and cannot find a job in North Carolina.

I havent bren locked up in 15 years and i saya in ny noé were can i go to get my récord clean

no you do not need to hire a lawyer just go to your clerks office and ask for the petition fill out the form take to the DA"s office have them sign off on it they will give you a court date then

Daniel: You do not need an attorney to file for a "Certificate of Relief Petition." As a matter of fact, it does not cost to file. You only need to download the petition to fill out, or get one from your local court system. Next, you will need to file it in the city of your conviction. That is it...

ABOUT TIME SOMEONE THOUGHT ABOUT US. I JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS TODAY AFTER LOOKING FOR HELP ONLINE. WENT AND FILED THE PETITION TODAY ALSO. EASY TO DO. I GOT TO COURT ON NOV.14,2012. I HOPE I GET THIS. IM ONLY 25 AND WANT TO BE A TRUCK DRIVER (CDL). FELONS CANT DRIVE TRUCKS? RIDICULOUS. I HAVE TO WAIT 5 YEARS OR TEN YEARS TO GET A JOB IF IM LUCKY? NO I WANT TO LIVE WORLD.THEY GAVE US OUR VOTING RIGHTS BUT NOTHING ELSE AND IM THINKING I WOULD RATHER HAVE OTHER RIGHTS THEN MY VOTING RIGHTS. AND THEN THIS. I LOVE IT. I STILL HOPE THEY HAVE SOMETHING FOR THOSE WHO DON'T QUALIFY FOR THIS HAVE SOMETHING TO HELP THEM THOUGH.

no one want to touch it because i was 17 and got out on my 18 birthday. And i did not get in any trouble since

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