You may be the most qualified applicant for your dream job. However, you may be passed over after a background search of your criminal record. If this occurs, it may be time to learn more about expunging your criminal record.
As you may already know, it is common practice for an employer to run a criminal background check. As a result, even a minor transgression that occurred many years in the past can come back to haunt you and impede your ability to advance your career.
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) reports that about one-third of the U.S. population currently has an arrest record. Even when charges were dropped, or a person was found not guilty of the crime, the arrest itself may be enough to cause a prospective employer to decide a person presents too much of a risk to take on as an employee. This is especially true if a case involved felony charges.
A recent article in the New York Times states that about 34 percent of non-working men have criminal records, and nine out of 10 employers now use background checks before hiring. Some of these employers admit to eliminating all applicants with either a misdemeanor or felony arrest or conviction.
It is a sad state of affairs if a person has been arrested and not convicted – yet, year after year, he or she must deal with the repercussions of the arrest.
Fortunately, something can be done about it in many situations.
Concerned About Your Criminal Record? Expungement May Be a Solution
The solution for many people may be to seek an expungement, which the New Jersey Courts website describes as:
“[T]he removal and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement, criminal justice agency or juvenile justice agency concerning a person’s apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal or juvenile justice system.”
You should turn to a New Jersey expungement attorney to initiate the process of pursuing a criminal record expungement. When the process is completed, your arrest record would no longer be accessible in a background check.
Keep in mind: While you can certainly seek an expungement on your own, the New Jersey Courts caution against doing so.
“The court system can be confusing,” according to the New Jersey Courts website, “and it is a good idea to get a lawyer if you can.”
A lawyer can help in many ways, including determining whether you are eligible for an expungement based on the offenses involved in your case and the number of years that have passed.
For example, a DWI charge in New Jersey is, technically, a traffic offense and not a criminal offense. Traffic offenses cannot be expunged.
If you are eligible for an expungement, an attorney can help you to complete the required paperwork and represent you in a hearing.
Don’t Let a Criminal Record Get in the Way of Your Future
Parents have legitimate worries if a child has been arrested and charged. It is important that you get this matter resolved at some point through the process of a juvenile record expungement.
After all, you want your child to have every opportunity to succeed in life. A juvenile record expungement means he or she won’t be left dealing with the repercussions of a past mistake when seeking a job or applying to certain colleges.
Many people have made an error in judgment in their youth and landed in the criminal justice system as a result. They may have lived a completely law-abiding, honorable life since that incident, which is now long in the past. However, it follows them wherever they go.
If you are in this position, it is important that you connect with a New Jersey expungement attorney that can evaluate your situation and seek to resolve it.
It is a cold, hard fact that employers often simply pass over any applicant who has any criminal history – no matter how minor the charge may seem to be. In a tough job market, innocent people can suffer needlessly.
You don’t have to suffer through this problem. If you find that a criminal record is getting in the way of your future, call my office. We can discuss ways to seek a solution to your problem through expungement.