One of the most devastating penalties of a criminal arrest or conviction is your permanent record. Easily accessed by the public, your criminal record can follow you on every job interview, housing application, and any other process that involves a background check. Depending on the details of your criminal case, you may be able to wipe your record clean, getting it out from public view.
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An expungement is a process by which a prior record of an arrest or conviction is removed from the files of the Court, Police Department, and other Law Enforcement Agencies. Your record is no longer revealed during a background check or criminal look-up, thus preventing release of information to prospective employers, schools, curious individuals, or law enforcement agencies. In a job interview, you are legally allowed to answer “no” when asked if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime.
No. But certain juvenile offenses and disorderly persons offenses are, such as possession of drugs, shoplifting, and assaults.
Expungement Statues are fairly complex and involve analysis of the type and degree of the offenses, date of arrest, conviction and conclusion, prior criminal history, and more. It takes submissions and a Petition to the Superior Court of New Jersey, as well as various law enforcement agencies at both the state and local levels. The process usually takes between 60 and 90 days from the date of filing to the granting of an expungement.
Typically legal fees and filing costs are $1,500.00.
In many cases, there is no court appearance required of you.
If you were arrested but never convicted, then you should be eligible for expungement. Except in cases of lacking mental capacity or of insanity, a dismissed, discharged, or acquitted charge can be wiped off your record. After record of your arrest is removed, you can honestly say that you have never been arrested for or charged with a crime.
If you have been convicted of a crime in New Jersey, you might still be able to expunge your record. This often requires a waiting period of at least a year, sometimes as much as five or ten, to apply for expungement. There are many other requirements for expungement, however, and for your specific case, you should speak with our Passaic County criminal defense lawyer to determine your eligibility.
Some of the many offenses that CANNOT be expunged in New Jersey include:
Don’t hesitate to see if you can pave the way to a future with brighter prospects. Get rid of the stigma of a criminal record with the help of our experienced expungement lawyer. Contact Terence M. Scott Esq. today to learn how we can help you in Bergen or Morris counties.
Call (973) 828-0711 or send us an email to request your FREE & confidential case review.
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