Having a criminal record as a juvenile is detrimental to your future employment and educational opportunities, including your opportunity to attend college. An error in judgment in your teenage years can haunt you for the rest of your life.
The good news is that a procedure exists to wipe the slate clean from those younger years—an expungement, the legal process of clearing your criminal record.
If you are looking for an experienced record expungement attorney in the state of New Jersey, you have come to the right place. I have a full understanding of every aspect of the juvenile record expungement process in New Jersey and have helped many people clear their names. Contact the Law Offices of Anthony J. Vecchio, so that we can get started today.
What Is a Juvenile Expungement and Who Can Get One?
Agencies such as the New Jersey State Police, New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, County Prosecutor’s Office, Sheriff’s Department and Probation Department keep records of all criminal violations in their area. Any arrest (even if the charges were dismissed, or you were found not guilty) is visible to any person running a background check on you. That can include a potential employer, business partner, admissions officer, landlord or even relationship partner.
Expungement is the process of getting those various agencies to extract and isolate these records and remove them from public view. An expungement attorney can ask a Superior Court Judge to clear an arrest or conviction from your criminal record. Once the expungement is allowed, the agencies will be required to “hide” these records.
Most individuals with New Jersey juvenile records can seek an expungement for specific criminal violations. If the records are from another state, a New Jersey judge does not have the ability to expunge them.
Certain convictions such as DWI offenses, criminal homicide, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual conduct, robbery, arson, selling or manufacturing child pornography, perjury, and false swearing cannot be expunged.
Types of Crimes Our Juvenile Expungement Lawyer Can Help With
If you have been charged with a crime but the charges were later dismissed, you can apply for an expungement on an immediate basis. In many cases, those convicted of a crime may apply after 5 years from the time they completed their sentence or term of probation. An expungement can be granted if the court believes it is in the public interest.
If your records involve any of the following areas, we may be able to get the records expunged:
- Possession of CDS / Possession of Drugs
- Marijuana Possession
- Drug Paraphernalia
- Criminal Mischief
All convictions require a waiting period before the judge will allow you to expunge a crime from your record. Speak with an attorney from the firm today so that we can determine whether your records are eligible for expungement.
How To Get A Juvenile Record Expunged in New Jersey
I am experienced in juvenile delinquency law and the process of expungement and have experience working for the Prosecutor’s Office, Public Defender’s Office and the Appeals Court. I personally see that every detail of your case is correctly managed, and work tirelessly to protect your rights both in and out of court. I was rated 10/10 by Avvo and consecutively been listed as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star® since 2012.
If you have been considering expungement, you have nothing to lose and a host of opportunities to gain. Contact our firm today so that we can begin assisting you immediately.