The Rights of Convicted Felons in North Carolina

Convicted felons in North Carolina will have some rights revoked.
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Being charged with and convicted of a felony in North Carolina will result in certain rights being revoked permanently. However, under certain circumstances, a convicted felon may be able to regain the majority of his rights and, with a pardon, all of them.

Voting Rights

Felons in North Carolina have restricted voting rights.

While some states, such as Maine and Vermont, allow felons to vote from prison, that is not the case in North Carolina. Under North Carolina law, a convicted felon may only vote after completion of all supervised probation and parole.

You Can't Shoot That

Convicted felons in North Carolina may not possess a firearm.

The Second Amendment does not grant convicted felons the right to posses a firearm, even if they keep the firearm concealed within their home. As of Dec 1, 2004, convicted felons in North Carolina may no longer regain their right to possess a gun, even if they have served their entire sentence.


Convicted felons who receive a pardon may serve on a jury.

Convicted felons in North Carolina will have their rights returned if they receive a pardon. A full pardon in North Carolina would allow a convicted felon to run for public office, as well as serve on a jury. The North Carolina Constitution states that only the governor may grant a pardon.

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