It is hard enough to secure a job or land a lease or even secure a financial aid package without a criminal record looming over your head, let alone trying to with a criminal record in your back pocket. It might have been a crime from years ago and one you have been doing your best to bounce back from and work around.
It is easy to get discouraged and begin to feel you are not good enough to get past your prior indiscretions but there is a way to still get ahead. The state of New Jersey offers those with criminal records the opportunity to clear their record through the expungement record. But as is the case with most legal proceedings, there are many rules and restrictions that can make or break someone’s expungement.
Furthermore, the actual task of applying for an expungement can be arduous and tedious. That being said, seeking a lawyer who has experience handling expungement requests can be a big help in successfully clearing a record.
Still, it is important to know all you can about the expungement process and what it actually means for your record.
First and foremost, it is important to know that in New Jersey, only New Jersey criminal and juvenile records can be expunged. Records from other states or jurisdictions cannot be expunged. Also, most motor vehicle records (DWI, DUI) cannot be expunged.
Other variables that factor into getting something on your record expunged are what the conviction is and how long has it been since you completed the sentence that was imposed.
The only time you can immediately apply for an expungement would be if you were charged or arrested but the charges were eventually dismissed.
In order to know where you stand when it comes to filing for an expungement, you need to know what your record holds. These parts of the expungement process can be time-consuming if you do not have the right people in your corner.
As stated earlier, it is in your best interest to have a strong criminal defense lawyer on your side to help expedite the process and also make sure you have the best shot at cleaning up your record. Contact Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC to schedule your consultation today.
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