What is an Expungement: An Expungement is a court procedure where your arrest and/or conviction is removed from the official records of the arresting authority and the Department of State Police. Your name will be removed from the official records so employers and law enforcement can no longer see the expunged arrest or conviction. The legal effect of an expungement is that you may legally say that you have never been convicted of a crime. An exception is if you are applying for a correctional or law enforcement position, or for a license to practice law.
Why should your record expunged: If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of a Criminal offense in the State of New Jersey you may have difficulty getting a job, getting credit, getting a firearm, obtaining a job with the government, getting a security clearance or a professional license. Even if the charges against you were dismissed or you received a Conditional Discharge or were granted entry into the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program, there is still remains a record of your arrest which will show up.
Who may be eligible for an Expungement: You are eligible for expungement if (1) you have been arrested and the charges against you have been dismissed; (2) if you successfully completed Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or a Conditional Discharge Program and six months have gone by; (3) if you were convicted of a Municipal Ordinance Violation and more then 2 years have gone by since your conviction; (4) if you were convicted of a Petty Disorderly Persons or Disorderly Persons Offense and more then 5 years have gone by since you paid all your fines and/or completed probation; (5) if you were convicted of a Crime (Felony) and more then 10 years have passed.
How to go about an Expungement: Everyone makes mistakes and many have done the time and paid the consequences for those mistakes. Don’t let the rest of your life be governed by the past. Only the Court, upon a proper motion, can expunge a criminal record. Clear up your name by allowing me to determine if you are eligible for expungement. Contact me today at 609-545-0800 for answers to your expungement questions.