Did You Get Arrested this Summer? Find Out When You Can Clear Your Criminal Record!

Clear Your Criminal RecordSome people make poor decisions while they are on vacation in the summer. You’re away from home, letting off some steam with your friends and family, possibly using alcohol or other substances to help yourself cut loose. As the old saying goes, what happens down the shore stays down the shore. But in actuality, this isn’t the case. Any time you’re arrested in NJ, the arrest goes onto your criminal record. That record is accessible by any future employers, landlords, insurance or adoption agents, and creditors. A record showing one or more arrests can hinder your opportunities in the future to secure a job, a line of credit, an apartment, house as well as other opportunities.

There is a way to clear arrests from your record, though. In New Jersey, it is possible to expunge certain arrests and convictions from your permanent record. When a record is expunged, the charges don’t disappear forever. Rather, they are moved to a separate file that ordinary criminal record searches cannot reach. This can be done for both juvenile and adult criminal records.

The Expungement Process in New Jersey

The Superior Court of the county where your arrest took place will handle your expungement application. Once you have worked with an expungement attorney to gather all the necessary documents, he or she will prepare a petition for your expungement and file it with the Superior Court for consideration. It is highly recommended that you work with an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney at this step. Criminal defense attorneys understand the arrest, conviction and expungement processes and can help your case by helping you craft a well-developed petition and guiding you through the next steps of the process.

In New Jersey, motor vehicle-related offenses cannot be expunged. This include DWI offenses.

NJ Expungement Requirements

Any individual who wishes to expunge an arrest or a conviction from his or her record must meet the following requirements:

  • He or she may not have any other charges pending
  • At least 5 years must have passed since all terms of the sentence and all fine payments have been completed
  • For indictable crimes, he or she has not had a previous indictable conviction expunged from his or her record
  • He or she has fewer than 3 disorderly persons offenses on his or her record
  • He or she has not previously gone through a diversionary program, such as Pretrial Intervention or Conditional Discharge

Clear Your Criminal Record with Help from an Expungement Lawyer

Choosing to seek an expungement can help you get a second chance in many ways. Criminal records can hurt your opportunities and your career in the future.  If you are interested in learning more about expungements or possibly seeking one, contact a Villani & DeLuca NJ expungement lawyer at (732) 965-3350 for your free legal consultation. Villani & DeLuca’s experienced attorneys understand the expungement process and will give your case the care and attention to detail it deserves. Don’t wait to make the call – an expungement could be one of the best decisions you ever make. You owe it to yourself to take life on with a clear record.