It is no secret that a criminal record can have a major impact on a person’s life. In fact, having a record can have some serious long-term consequences. Luckily, there are options when it comes to your criminal record in New Jersey. Read on to learn more about the consequences of a record and the possibility of expungement.
Consequences of a Criminal Record?
A criminal record can follow you throughout your life. This can make it especially difficult to accomplish certain goals. If you have ever applied for a job, you have likely seen a question regarding your criminal history. The same question has been asked on college applications and more. In some cases, a crime committed years before can impact your present options. A criminal record may affect you when it comes to:
- Pursuing higher education
- Securing employment
- Obtaining financing
- Finding housing
- Obtaining child custody
What is Expungement?
Luckily, your criminal record may not be permanent. New Jersey allows for some individuals to essentially “erase” their criminal records, with some exceptions. If your record is expunged, it will not be available to most people who conduct background checks. This means you would not have to disclose your criminal history when it comes to things like job applications or college applications. But, some members of law enforcement will still be able to access your criminal record. It is important to note that not everyone will be eligible to have their record expunged. There are some specific requirements you must meet. Additionally, certain offenses cannot be expunged. Some of the offenses that cannot be expunged are higher-level crimes, including:
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
- Distribution, sale, or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances
Contact a New Jersey criminal defense attorney to discuss your eligibility for expungement.
How Long Before My Record is Expunged?
Your criminal record cannot be expunged immediately. But, the amount of time you must wait depends upon the crime.
- Municipal violations can be expunged after just 2 years.
- Disorderly persons offenses can be expunged after 5 years.
- Certain felonies (indictable offenses) require a waiting period of 10 years.
We understand that people make mistakes. If you have a criminal record and would like to begin the process of expungement, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated criminal defense attorney.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
When someone is charged with a crime, they have a lot to consider. However, we understand that everyone makes mistakes, which is why we are here to help. No matter your circumstances, if you are facing criminal charges, contact the Law Offices of Michael A. Policastro today for the experienced legal counsel you deserve and need.