You May Be Eligible For Expungement
Of all the penalties that can result from a conviction, the criminal record it creates is often the most long-lasting. Having a criminal record can negatively impact you in many ways. If a conviction shows up on a criminal background check, it can interfere with educational opportunities and employment goals. A criminal record may even prevent you from getting a loan or even renting an apartment. It can haunt you for the rest of your life.
Thankfully, there are options for eliminating a criminal record. You may be able to request expungement. An expungement removes arrests and convictions from your criminal record. Once a record has been expunged, it will no longer appear on any background check, and you will not be required to disclose any expunged offenses to prospective employers or others.
The Rules For Expungement Have Changed
You May Not Have To Wait
In the past, New Jersey law required long wait times before a person could seek expungement. The wait time to get an indictable offense expunged was 10 years. The wait time to get a disorderly persons offense expunged was five years.
The law has recently changed. You may not have to wait as long as you thought. Indictable offenses are now eligible for expungement in five years and disorderly persons offenses in three. If you had a drug court offense, expungement is possible almost immediately.
What Criminal Offenses Can Be Expunged?
While there are some criminal offenses that are not eligible for expungement, many are. Drug crimes such as possession of a controlled dangerous substance are expungeable. Furthermore, it is important to be aware that arrests result in a mark even if you were not ultimately charged or convicted. Expungement can remove arrest records.
Helping You Through A Complex Process
Expungements are not automatic in New Jersey. There is a specific process required to request an expungement and not all crimes are eligible to be removed. Speak to a lawyer with experience in these matters to learn more about your legal options.
The Law Office of Steven J. Feldman has successfully represented people in a wide variety of these cases. I am Steven Feldman, and I will review your case and let you know if your record can be expunged. If it can, I will help you take the necessary steps to have the records removed, including submitting the initial petition and representing you at your hearing. I have been a criminal law attorney for more than 40 years. You can benefit from my experience.
Free Consultation About Expungement
Want to find out if your criminal record can be expunged? Contact my Pleasantville law office to schedule a free initial consultation. You can reach me at any time by calling 609-272-8989 or toll free at 866-425-7947. You can also contact me via email.