Criminal records come with harsh penalties that may impact an individual for the rest of their life. This impact may make it difficult for individuals to achieve housing, loans, jobs, and education. Due to this, New Jersey gives individuals with criminal records the opportunity to expunge their records if they qualify. Crimes and misdemeanors can be erased from an individual’s criminal history with expungement. The record can only be accessed by particular law enforcement agencies once expunged.
To learn more about expunging your criminal record in New Jersey and how our Middlesex County expungement attorney can assist you, continue reading and give our firm a call.
What are the expungement laws in New Jersey?
Having a record expunged allows individuals to gain a clean slate to rebuild their lives. Expungement can open new doors for an individual’s future by allowing them to clear their record of criminal activity to start fresh. As of October of 2018, the state of New Jersey has put new laws into effect that prohibit employers from discriminating against those applying for a position if they have expunged their criminal record. The law also implemented the following changes:
- Speeding up certain expungements
- Increased the number of convictions that may be expunged from a record (now up to 4 offenses)
- Shortened the waiting period to expunge a record (now 6 years)
New Jersey only allows individuals to expunge certain crimes from a record. Those who wish to expunge their record are required to meet certain criteria. Extreme crimes cannot be expunged including murder, robbery, kidnapping, arson, sexual assault, or perjury. Distributing or possessing controlled substances cannot be expunged either.
What can I expect during the expungement process?
Expungement of a record can be complex. This process requires definitive guidelines to be followed and paperwork to be done. This is why many will retain the services of an experienced Middlesex County expungement attorney who can assist them during this process. When someone hires an attorney to help with the expungement process, they must provide the attorney with all records of their crime. The following requirements will also need to be met:
- Attending the hearing
- A written cover letter explaining the documents being filed
- Filing the Expungement Order
- Filing the Petition for Expungement
- Filing the Order for Hearing
- Providing copies of these files to other governments involved in the case
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.