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Expungement Attorney in New Jersey

Need to expunge a Criminal Record in NJ?

Every day that you have a criminal conviction on your record can mean a lost opportunity in life.  This opportunity can be a job you wanted and were otherwise qualified for, a financial aid package you needed, or the opportunity to vote or obtain a firearm permit.  Many companies and schools pursue a background check on prospective candidates, you may be wondering what you can do to rectify your situation.

Fortunately, the state of New Jersey offers an opportunity to have your record cleared through the expungement process. Unfortunately, strict rules govern who can and cannot receive an expungement.  The process can also be somewhat tedious and time consuming, with precise paperwork and deadlines.

New Jersey Criminal Charge Expungements

Almost everyone has some events from their past that they’re not proud of.  Just because you did something wrong when you were younger, does that mean that you should be punished for it for the rest of your life?  Even if you’ve served your sentence as ordered by a court of law, you may feel like you’re still being punished for the mistakes of your past because of your criminal record.

Luckily, New Jersey statute allows for criminal records to be expunged in certain circumstances.  This means that your record can be wiped clean as if the offenses never occurred. Applying for and being granted a criminal record expungement in New Jersey can be a complicated process but for most people, it is entirely achievable.  

Read on to find out more about seeking expungement of your criminal record in New Jersey, and the first steps to take to get the process started.

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HOW TO EXPUNGE A RECORD IN NJ?

A better question would be, “How do you get the various agencies who have records on you to remove or destroy them?”

Criminal records are never destroyed. However, they can be “extracted and isolated” by these agencies from public view if those agencies are ordered to do so.

These agencies include the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, the county prosecutor’s office, sheriff’s department and probation department in whatever county you were prosecuted in, as well as the local police department and municipal court in the town you were arrested or charged in.

How do you force these agencies to remove and isolate your records? By hiring an expungement attorney who will then ask a Superior Court Judge to do so through filing an expungement petition along with other legal documents, paying a filing fee, and properly serving the appropriate state agencies with the petition and supporting items.

Once the process is completed, the records will be removed from public view and you will be lawfully entitled to answer, “no” to any question regarding the expungement records or underlying incident.

Why You Should Seek Expungement In New Jersey

Anyone with a criminal record will know the impact your prior mistakes can have on your day-to-day life.  Whether you’re applying for a job, scholarship, loan, firearms permit, or even a place to live, as soon as someone undertakes a criminal history check you know that your chances of being approved have dramatically decreased.

But when your criminal history has been expunged, your prior convictions will no longer appear on your criminal record.  And with laws in place prohibiting potential employees from asking you to disclose expunged criminal records, you can feel secure in the knowledge that you can move on with your life without the mistakes of the past clouding your future.

Who is eligible for a new jersey expungement?

First, only New Jersey criminal records and juvenile records can be expunged.  A New Jersey judge does not have jurisdiction to order that records from other states or jurisdictions be expunged.  Second, motor vehicle records, including DWI convictions, and civil orders cannot be expunged.  Lastly, whether your criminal record can be expunged depends on what you were convicted of.  How much time has passed since you completed whatever sentence was imposed, and how many and what type of other convictions are on your record.

If you merely arrested or charged with an offense, but the charges were later dismissed, you may apply for an expungement right away.  However, if the charges were dismissed following completion of a diversionary program like a conditional discharge or the pre trial intervention program, you must wait six months from the dismissal date.

Those convicted of a crime (indictable or “felony”), may apply for an expungement after 5 years has passed since they completed their sentence or term of probation if the judge finds that it is in the public interest to grant the expungement.  Showing that it is in the public interest that you obtain an expungement is easier said than done.  You can avoid this requirement if you wait 10 years instead of 5.

The individual also must not have ever been convicted of a crime either before or after the incident or have been convicted of more than two disorderly persons offense.

When Are You Eligible For An Expungement In New Jersey?

Eligibility for expungement in New Jersey can be difficult to understand and will vary depending on your circumstances.  First, you won’t be eligible for expungement of prior offenses if you have any open or pending charges against you. Otherwise, everything turns on the type of offense that was committed, and whether it was an indictable offense, a disorderly person’s offense, or a violation of a municipal ordinance.

Waiting periods vary depending on the type of crime committed.  The waiting period will begin either at the end of your prison sentence, on the date a fine is paid, or on the date judgment is entered, whichever is the later.  This means that if you were arrested, stood trial, sentenced, and then paid a fine, the clock would start ticking on the date that you paid the fine. However, if you were arrested, stood trial, sentenced, paid a fine, and were also sentenced to prison time, the clock wouldn’t start ticking until the date of your release.

If you have completed Drug Court in New Jersey, you can start the expungements application process once you have successfully completed the program.  Other waiting periods for expungement can range from one year for young drug offenders to two years for a municipal ordinance offense, five years for a disorderly person’s offense or juvenile adjudication, and up to ten years for a felony crime.

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What Kind Of Criminal Records Can’t Be Expunged?

New Jersey law states that some crimes are considered so serious that they can never be expunged from a criminal record.  These include crimes relating to sexual assault, child endangerment or child pornography, drug distribution, terrorism-related crimes, kidnapping, murder, arson, and perjury.  

If you’re wondering whether the particular crimes on your record are eligible for expungement, find out for sure by contacting an experienced lawyer at the Law Offices of Anthony Vecchio.

DISTRIBUTION AND INTENT TO DISTRIBUTE CONVICTIONS

Some crimes may never be expunged despite the foregoing. These include: criminal homicide, kidnapping, luring or enticing, human trafficking, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact (if the victim is a minor), criminal sexual contact (if the victim is a minor and the offender is not the parent of the victim), criminal restraint, false imprisonment, robbery, arson, endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct, selling or manufacturing child pornography, perjury, and false swearing. Conspiracies and attempts to commit these crimes are also not able to be expunged. Any crime committed by a public office holder cannot be expunged either if the offense concerned or “touched” the office holder’s position.

DISORDERLY PERSONS OFFENSE CONVICTIONS AND ORDINANCES

Can be expunged after five years as long as you have never been convicted of a crime either before or after the disorderly persons offense conviction or of another three disorderly persons offenses. Local ordinances can also be expunged, as long as you have never been convicted before or after of a crime or a disorderly persons offense on two or more occasions.

HOW LONG DOES A NEW JERSEY EXPUNGEMENT TAKE?

We complete all work on a “next-day” turnaround basis. The court must grant a hearing between 25-60 days after the petition is filed. The expungement should be signed at the hearing, as long as no objection is filed by the state. After receiving the order, we serve the order on the appropriate state agencies, who sometimes take several weeks to expunge their records.

BE PREPARED FOR YOUR NEXT BACKGROUND CHECK

Criminal record expungement attorney, Anthony Vecchio is skilled in dealing with the courts since he has worked as a defender as well as a prosecutor. If you fear what your next background check may reveal, contact The Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio today. We can handle cases across the state of New Jersey and offer six locations in Freehold, Jersey City, Red Bank, Princeton, Woodbridge and Mt. Laurel to best serve you.

The Procedure For Obtaining An Expungement In NJ

When you trust the Law Offices of Anthony Vecchio to handle your expungement application, we will follow a proven step-by-step process to maximize your chances of clearing your criminal record and help you start again with a fresh slate.  

The expungement procedure for most people is as set out below.  When you contact us directly, we will advise you on the specific steps that we will take to maximize the chances of success in your individual circumstances.

  • The Procedure For Obtaining An Expungement In NJ When you trust the Law Offices of Anthony Vecchio to handle your expungement application, we will follow a proven step-by-step process to maximize your chances of clearing your criminal record and help you start again with a fresh slate. The expungement procedure for most people is as set out below. When you contact us directly, we will advise you on the specific steps that we will take to maximize the chances of success in your individual circumstances.
  • With your full criminal history to hand, we get to work drafting your expungement petition. Once the petition is complete and has been approved by you, you will need to sign it in front of a notary public before we can file it and supporting documents with the appropriate courthouse.
  • We then wait to receive a copy of the filed expungement petition from the court, before serving a copy on every applicable government agency as required.
  • A hearing date for your expungement will be set, at which time the judge will decide whether to grant your application. Provided there haven't been any objections to the petition, you won't need to attend this hearing personally.
  • If there has been an objection to your petition, the next steps will depend on the reasons for the objection. Any objection, however, turns your expungement application into what is known as a "complex expungement", and will require further paperwork and an appearance in court. While most expunge applications are not objected to, the chance that there could be an objection is even more reason why you should trust an experienced lawyer to handle the entire expungements process on your behalf.

When Are You Eligible For An Expungement In New Jersey?

Eligibility for expungement in New Jersey can be difficult to understand and will vary depending on your circumstances.  First, you won’t be eligible for expungement of prior offenses if you have any open or pending charges against you. Otherwise, everything turns on the type of offense that was committed, and whether it was an indictable offense, a disorderly person’s offense, or a violation of a municipal ordinance.

Waiting periods vary depending on the type of crime committed.  The waiting period will begin either at the end of your prison sentence, on the date a fine is paid, or on the date judgment is entered, whichever is the later.  This means that if you were arrested, stood trial, sentenced, and then paid a fine, the clock would start ticking on the date that you paid the fine. However, if you were arrested, stood trial, sentenced, paid a fine, and were also sentenced to prison time, the clock wouldn’t start ticking until the date of your release.

If you have completed Drug Court in New Jersey, you can start the expungements application process once you have successfully completed the program.  Other waiting periods for expungement can range from one year for young drug offenders to two years for a municipal ordinance offense, five years for a disorderly person’s offense or juvenile adjudication, and up to ten years for a felony crime.

Before we can begin the process of expunging your criminal history, we need to know exactly what your criminal record contains.  This includes the full details of the date of your arrest or the date you were taken into custody, statutes you were arrested under and offenses you were convicted for, indictment numbers, complaint reference numbers, summons numbers, conviction or disposition dates, along with dates that fines were paid, and probation or parole was completed.

If you’re like most people, you may not have all these details to hand.  The good news is that the Law Offices of Anthony Vecchio can undertake a New Jersey citizens background check to gather all of this information so you don’t have to.  Don’t worry if you have lost track of some of your paperwork or don’t have certain details to hand, as we can help.

To start the process of expunging your criminal history in New Jersey, contact the Law Offices of Anthony Vecchio today.  The sooner you act, the sooner you’ll be taking a very real step to work towards a clean criminal history and the fresh start you’ve been looking for.

The New Jersey expungements statute is found in N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1 et seq., which can be viewed in its entirety online.  Legislation can be notoriously difficult to understand for anyone without comprehensive legal training, and applying the letter of the law to your unique circumstances can be complicated.  Rather than trying to make sense of the statute yourself, contact the Law Offices of Anthony Vecchio for a quick summary of the expungement laws in New Jersey and how they could apply to you.

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Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC
4400 Route 9 South, Suite 1000
Freehold, New Jersey 07728

Jersey City

Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC
2500 25th floor, Harborside Financial Center, 5th St.
Jersey City, NJ 07311

Mt. Laurel

Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC
309 Fellowship Road, East Gate Center, Suite 200
Mt. Laurel, New Jersey 08054

Woodbridge

Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC
227 Main Street
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

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Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, LLC
103 Carnegie Center Dr #300
Princeton, New Jersey 08540

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