What should I know about expungements?

When you are arrested in New Jersey, you will likely have to deal with the consequences for years down the road. However, there may be a way to remove that arrest from your record. Some people who have been arrested may be eligible for what is known as an expungement. This is a process that clears your record from any arrests or probations that may have an impact on where you can work, live, or attend school. Though most people won’t be able to see the arrest or probation on your record, law enforcement officials will be able to access this information. An expungement can make a huge difference in a person’s future and can allow you to carry on with your life like nothing had ever happened.

Of course, not everyone can become eligible for an expungement. The only crimes that can be expunged are misdemeanor and in order to be eligible, you must be acquitted for that crime. You may not obtain an expungement if you have been convicted of a serious offense such as a felony. It is important that you file your Petition for Expungement and have a hearing with a Superior Court judge. There is a lot of paperwork that goes into obtaining an expungement. It is important that you contact an attorney who has experience working with expungements and understands the process because it can be complicated and confusing.

If you have been charged with a crime in New Jersey, it is essential to retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contact the Law Office of Michael A. Policastro today to schedule a consultation so we can discuss your situation. 

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