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.[cw_testimonial id=25798]
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.
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.