A criminal record can have a severe impact on an individual’s life and future. To learn the potential long-term consequences of a criminal record and the possibility of expungement in New Jersey, continue reading and reach out to our experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney.
What are the long-term consequences of a criminal record?
It can become difficult to accomplish certain goals when you have a criminal record that follows you. If you have applied for a job recently, you have likely noticed that there is typically a question regarding your criminal history on each job application. The same question has been asked on college applications and more. A crime committed years ago can impact your present options. It can also impact the following:
- Obtaining child custody
- Pursuing higher education
- Finding housing
- Securing employment
- Obtaining financing
Can I expunge my record in New Jersey?
Your criminal record does not have to be permanent. New Jersey allows individuals to erase their criminal records with some exceptions. Your record will not be available to most people who conduct background checks if your record is expunged. This allows you to not have to disclose your criminal history when it comes to job applications, college applications, and more. However, some members of law enforcement will still be able to access your record. Not everyone is eligible to have their record expunged; you must meet specific requirements. Certain offenses cannot be expunged.
Some of the offenses that cannot be expunged are higher-level crimes, including:
- Distribution, sale, or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances
- Aggravated Sexual Assault
To learn more about expungement and if you are eligible, contact our New Jersey criminal defense attorney.
How long do I have to wait to have my record expunged?
The amount of time you will have to wait will depend on the crime you committed. Municipal violations can be expunged after just 2 years, disorderly persons offenses can be expunged after 5 years, and certain felonies can be expunged after 10 years.
If you have a criminal record and are looking into beginning the process of expungement, look no further than our experienced firm for assistance. Speak with our dedicated criminal defense attorney to schedule your initial consultation. We understand that people make mistakes and they deserve to move forward with their lives.
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.