Criminal convictions often impact individuals in their everyday lives, even well after they have served the penalties imposed by the court. These individuals may not be able to obtain the housing they want, the jobs they want, or even take out the loans they want. Of course, having a criminal record can have incredibly serious impacts on one’s life for years down the road. However, some low-level crimes are eligible to be removed from one’s criminal record through a process that is known as expungement.
Only certain crimes are eligible for expungements. The offenses that are not eligible for expungement in New Jersey include the following:
- The distribution, sale, or possession with intent to distribute of controlled substances
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Some juvenile crimes may be eligible for expungement
It is important to be aware that those who wish to petition for an expungement have to submit to a waiting period before they can actually submit a petition. Any municipal violations will have a waiting period of 2 years. Disorderly persons offenses will have to wait five years. Certain eligible felonies will have to wait 10 years before they can file for an expungement.
If you are considering an expungement, contact our firm to help determine if you are eligible.
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.