A person with a prior arrest or conviction in New Jersey may face difficulties as they attempt to get a job or secure housing. That’s because employers, landlords, and other people still have a lot of leeway when it comes to determining whether they want to do business with someone.
You do not deserve to suffer for the rest of your life just because you made a single mistake in your past. Perhaps you didn’t even make a mistake; you may have been wrongly arrested in the first place. Either way, you will still have an arrest on your permanent record.
The good news is that if you’ve got a criminal record, there are steps you can take to clear your record and start with a clean slate. Although the record of your arrest and/or conviction won’t technically be removed from your record, your file will be sealed so that employers and just about anyone else will no longer be able to see this information. Moreover, you will legally be allowed to say “No” when asked if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense in New Jersey. This can be critical for anyone who is looking to get a good job in the future – especially in the age of the Internet, when people’s private information is readily available to anyone with a computer.
The problem is that securing a criminal record expungement is not easy and often involves a lot of complicated paperwork. That’s why it is absolutely imperative that you speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney and explore your legal options for clearing your record of a past arrest or conviction.
Additionally, keep in mind that not all crimes can be expunged from your record. For instance, violent crimes such as sexual assault and homicide can’t be removed from your file. Additionally, since Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) is considered a traffic violation, not a criminal offense, it cannot be expunged.
For more information, read the Asbury Park Press article, “Criminal Record? 5 Questions about Expungement.”
If you or a loved one has been arrested or convicted of a crime in New Jersey, a qualified criminal defense attorney may be able to help you get the arrest and/or conviction expunged from your record. The NJ criminal defense lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC have decades of experience assisting clients with the expungement process. Contact us now to schedule a free consultation.