Often, one misstep can cause long-term repercussions that you never intended nor anticipated. For instance, if you were convicted of a crime earlier in your life, it can feel as though the record of that one moment follows you around for decades, into conference rooms, job interviews, school applications, and even volunteer opportunities. In fact, even if you were arrested and the charges were subsequently dismissed, the record of that arrest lingers and will appear on a criminal background check. Fortunately, New Jersey provides a one-time opportunity to start fresh through the expungement process. Although there are specific requirements that must be met to qualify and the steps involved can be extensive, a knowledgeable attorney can execute the vast majority of these steps on your behalf to ensure that you are in a position to achieve your desired outcome.
Breslow Law Offices have performed countless expungements, assisting thousands of their clients in erasing their criminal records and moving on with their lives unimpeded by the past. They handle every step of the expungement process and will keep you abreast of the current status, answering all of your questions and ensuring that you are thoroughly informed from the moment that you expungement is submitted to the moment he receives your executed expungement order from the Superior Court. To speak with an attorney at Breslow Law Offices about your eligibility for an expungement in New Jersey, contact their offices today.
Expungements in New Jersey: An Overview
When you file for an expungement, you are seeking to have your criminal record removed from the public’s view. If your expungement is granted, you can legally answer “no” to the question “have you ever been arrested?” on an application or during an interview. So, how do you know if you are eligible for an expungement in New Jersey? The following are the criteria for expungements, based on the number of convictions on your record, the nature of the offenses, and the ways in which these cases were ultimately resolved.
- Expungement of an Arrest not Resulting in Conviction: Eligible immediately upon dismissal
- Expungement of a Dismissal after Completing a Diversionary Program (i.e. Conditional Discharge, Conditional Dismissal, or the Pre-Trial Intervention Program): Eligible 6 months following the completion of the program
- Expungement of a Conviction for a Municipal Ordinance Violation (i.e. loitering, disturbing the peace): Eligible 2 years after the date of conviction, payment of fine, completion of probation, or whatever is the latest date of the resolution
- Expungement of a Conviction for a Disorderly Persons or Petty Disorderly person Offense: Eligible 5 years after the date of conviction, payment of fine, completion of probation, or whatever is the latest date of the resolution
- Expungement of a Felony Conviction (if it is among those offenses that are eligible for expungement): Eligible 10 years after the date of conviction, payment of fine, completion of probation, or whatever is the latest date of resolution; in some cases, you may be eligible after 5 years if compelling circumstances exist and can be demonstrated
Crimes that are Not Eligible for Expungement in New Jersey
Any of the following are not eligible for expungement under New Jersey Law: Murder (except Death by Auto); Kidnapping; Luring or Enticing; Human Trafficking; Aggravated Sexual Assault; Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact; Criminal Sexual Contact (if the victim is a minor); Criminal Restraint or False Imprisonment (if the victim is a minor and the offender is not the parent of the victim); Robbery; Arson and Related Offenses; Endangering the Welfare of a Child (involving sexual offenses and/or child pornography); Perjury; False Swearing; Knowingly Promoting the Prostitution of One’s Child; Terrorism; Producing or Possessing Chemical Weapons, Biological Agents or Nuclear or Radiological Devices; Conspiracies or attempts to commit any of the aforementioned crimes
Need an Expungement in Essex County or New Jersey?
It is never too late to begin again, and an expungement can provide you with just that: a clean slate and a fresh start. To learn more and/or to begin the expungement process today, contact Breslow Law Offices.