Skilled New Jersey Lawyers Assist with the Expungement of Criminal Record in Monmouth, Middlesex and Ocean Counties
A criminal conviction can continue to haunt you long after you have put the event behind you. Potential employers, landlords and other parties can learn of your criminal record, preventing you from achieving your desired goals. Many people in this situation can obtain expungements that result in the physical destruction of arrest records, mug shots, conviction records and other data that can prove to be embarrassing should the information ever be exposed to public view.
If you are the subject of a criminal record in Monmouth, Middlesex or Ocean county and want it expunged, contact an expungement attorney at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. With more than 80 years of combined legal experience, our criminal defense lawyers help relieve you of the burden of a criminal record.
What is a Criminal Record in the Bayshore Area?
In New Jersey, the record of an individual’s investigation, arrest, detention, trial and imprisonment may be expunged (erased or sealed) in some circumstances. Criminal records are kept on file in courts, prisons and/or law enforcement agencies, and concern investigations, arrests, trials and sentences. They include both physical and electronic records: complaints, warrants, arrests, fingerprints, “mug shots,” photographs, index cards, “rap sheets” and judicial docket numbers.
What If I Was Arrested and Tried, but Not Convicted of a Crime in Middlesex, Monmouth or Ocean County?
If you were arrested or detained, but not convicted of a crime, you may petition to have the related criminal record expunged so long as either of the following applies:
- The proceedings against you were dismissed, or
- You were acquitted or otherwise discharged without a finding of guilt
If the dismissal was the result of completing a diversionary program – Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) or conditional discharge- you must wait six months from the completion of the program to file for an expungement.
How Long Must I Wait Before I Can File for an Expungement?
New Jersey law permits the expungement of many criminal convictions after you successfully complete your sentence and wait for a required period of time. These include:
- Indictable offenses. The ordinary waiting period is 10 years; however, you may file a petition after five years. If the court is satisfied that allowing expungement is in the public interest, it may approve your request.
- Disorderly person or petty disorderly persons offenses: You must wait five years.
- Municipal ordinance violations: Two years.
- Arrest but no Conviction: This can be expunged immediately upon the dismissal of the charge.
What Records Are Not Eligible for Expungement in New Jersey?
- Most motor vehicle offenses
- Certain other indictable offenses, including:
- Crimes of public officials
- Serious drug crimes
- Sex crimes
- False imprisonment
- Child endangerment
Your petition for expungement may also be denied if you have more than the allowable number of prior convictions.
Contact an Experienced New Brunswick, NJ Criminal Defense Lawyer to File a Petition for Expungement in New Jersey
Cleaning up a criminal record can be complicated. If you are not sure whether your record qualifies for expungement, or you need advice about your unique personal situation, turn to a criminal defense attorney at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC. We have more than 80 years of combined legal experience meeting the needs of people just like you.
Call us and learn how we will help. From our Hazlet, East Brunswick and Bayshore Area offices, we serve clients in and around Hazlet, Middletown, Keyport, Union Beach, Holmdel, Red Bank, Monroe, Rumson, Asbury Park, Highlands, Atlantic Highlands, Leonardo, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach.
Call today at 888-657-8883 to schedule a free consultation, or fill out a contact form online.