If you have been arrested, charged or convicted of a crime in New Jersey, you have a criminal record outlining the illegal activity. Having a criminal record can make it extremely difficult to get a good job, obtain a loan such as a mortgage, get a landlord to rent you an apartment and more. Prospective college students may not be able to get student loans and college admissions officers frown upon criminal records.
The bottom line is that a criminal record can haunt you forever, getting in the way of success at every turn. So, after you’ve served your time, it’s understandable that you would want to clear your name. Unfortunately, not all crimes can be expunged. Expunging those that can, however, may mean you can get a fresh start.
An expungement is the process of clearing information about an arrest, charge or conviction from a permanent public record. Not all criminal activity can be expunged based on the type of crime in question. NJSA 2C:52-2 states that the following crimes will not be able to be expunged: murder, kidnapping, luring a child, aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint, false imprisonment, endangering the welfare of a minor, arson, perjury and others. Speak to a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer about these types of crimes before agreeing to any deal that would mark your permanent record.
Additionally, there are time constraints on being able to apply for an expungement. Talk to your lawyer about how long you have to wait before applying for expungement.
When successful, however, the person with the expunged record can now legally apply for jobs and loans without having to say they have a criminal record. Notice of their past indiscretions will not be disclosed to potential employers, bank officers, admissions counselors, etc. It’s also important to note that even if someone does a background check on you, they will not have access to any information about charges or a conviction that has been successfully expunged.
Contact Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC about your criminal record today. We will answer all your questions about expungement and advise about your best course of action.