HOW TO APPLY

 

STEP 1: cHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

 

Step 2: visit the dear office

Visit the DEAR office to complete an intake process during our office hours: Monday - Friday, 9:30am to 3:00pm.
The DEAR program is free.

We are located at:
The Durham County Courthouse
510 S Dillard St., Suite 6400, 6th Floor
Durham, NC 27701
(follow signs for Drug Court Admin.)

We accept walk-ins. No appointment is needed. The program is provided free of charge by the City of Durham.

 
 

Eligibility Guidelines. 

We know it can be complicated, so if you are not sure, come meet with us.

 

for expungements

In general, you may be eligible if any of the following are true:

  • You have dismissed or not guilty charges AND no felony convictions

  • You have one nonviolent felony conviction and at least 10 years have passed without other convictions and you have no previous expunctions.

  • You have one nonviolent misdemeanor conviction and at least 5 years have passed without other convictions and you have no previous expunctions.

  • You have a nonviolent felony conviction that occurred before you turned 18 and at least 4 years have passed without other convictions, and you have no prior expunction.

  • You have a misdemeanor drug conviction that occurred before you turned 22 and at least 12 months have passed, you have no other conviction and no prior expunction.

  • You had one gang-related felony conviction or a misdemeanor conviction before the age of 18, two years have passed, and you have had no additional convictions other than traffic offenses.

For Driver license restoration

In general, you may be eligible if all of the following are true:

  • Your charges must be OLDER than 12 months.

  • Your charges must be in DURHAM County OR you must be a Durham resident

  • Your charges CANNOT involve DWIs or be DWI-related.

 

For Certificates of Relief

  • You have three or fewer Class H or I felony convictions or any misdemeanor convictions.

  • You have no other convictions for a felony or misdemeanor other than for traffic violations.

  • You are not in violation of any criminal sentence, or violation is justified, excused, involuntary, or insubstantial.

  • You have no pending criminal charges.

  • It has been at least 12 months since the completion of your sentence