Clean NJ Court Record with Expungements

erasing recordIf an individual is placed under arrest for breaking a New Jersey law, he or she will have an arrest record. The arrest record exists whether the person is convicted of the alleged crime or not. If there is a conviction, there is a record of that conviction. Everything involved in the case is recorded and can generally be found in a computer search. This can affect a private job search, credit scores, purchasing or renting a home, military service, civil service jobs and many other things.

There is an option, however, to someone who wants the opportunity to clear their record and prevent an arrest or conviction from following them around for the rest of their lives. It is known as expungement.

What is an Expungement?

An expungement is the result of a court process in which a court order is signed by a judge deeming the offense to have never happened. An expungement can only be granted by a judge and is not the same thing as a pardon. A pardon doesn’t eliminate the crime from having happened, but rather it is a forgiveness for it.

Expungement does not destroy the records of the arrest or conviction, but instead the expunged records are sealed. There is a special location for expunged records and they are not accessible during an ordinary records search. The reason the records are not destroyed is because the crime might disqualify an individual from applying for a position in law enforcement, corrections or the judicial branch of New Jersey government.

While it is not necessary to expunge an arrest and conviction from one’s record, if it is possible to do so, it is a wise decision for the future to have such an occurrence in one’s past eliminated from his or her record.

Eligibility for Expungement in New Jersey

Whether or not a person is eligible to have an expungement depends on many factors. Expungement status includes consideration of the following:

Time Frame for Requesting an Expungement in New Jersey

There are waiting times for requesting and receiving an expungement. The list goes as follows:

Contact an Experienced New Jersey Attorney about Expungement

Have you or a loved one ever been arrested or convicted of a crime that fits into the above-listed criteria for an expungement? If so, it’s important that you contact an attorney to assist you in clearing your record once and for all. The law offices of Villani & DeLuca in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey can help you have your record expunged so the arrest or conviction doesn’t negatively affect the rest of your life. Even if you were acquitted or the charges were dismissed, there is still a record of arrest whether you were arrested as part of a misunderstanding or not. These records can hinder you in finding a job, renting an apartment, acquiring credit or a loan and countless other instances.

If you would like to seek an expungement in New Jersey of records entered in a Monmouth County or Ocean County court, such as in the towns of Belmar, Asbury Park, Brick or anywhere else, the professional and experienced lawyers of Villani & DeLuca can help you. Call today to set up an appointment to discuss your case and we will be glad to discuss your options for an expungement.