Expungement Attorney in Hackensack, NJ
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If you are looking to clear your criminal record and get a fresh start, you may want to evaluate whether you qualify for an expungement in New Jersey. The law recently changed and certain expungements can be done by certain court staff in the appropriate circumstances. In most cases, you must wait 5 years after your sentence is served (4 years in certain circumstances), all fines and fees must be paid and you can only expunge only one conviction at a time.
An attorney at the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC can help you evaluate the likelihood of obtaining an expungement under New Jersey law.
Some of the factors considered include:
- Prior record
- Length of time passed since offense
- The severity of the convictions on your record
- The number of prior offenses
- Amount of time you are arrest and conviction free
At the Law Office of Louis G. DeAngelis, LLC, our experienced attorneys can recognize those circumstances which may warrant an expungement.
What are the Expungement Requirements in New Jersey?
The expungement process in New Jersey involves petitioning the court to have certain criminal records sealed or destroyed. To be eligible for expungement, an individual must meet certain criteria, which include:
- The person must have been convicted of a crime or disorderly persons offense, or have had a municipal ordinance violation or a juvenile delinquency matter.
- A certain amount of time must have passed since the person completed their sentence, which can vary depending on the specific offense and the person's criminal history.
- The person must not have any pending criminal charges or be on parole or probation.
- The person must not have been convicted of certain types of offenses, such as murder, sexual offenses, and certain drug offenses.
- If the person meets these criteria and the court grants the expungement, the records of the conviction will be sealed or destroyed, and the person will be able to legally answer "no" to most questions about the conviction on job applications and other forms.
It's important to note that the expungement process can be complex and it's recommended to consult with a Bergen County attorney or the public defender's office for guidance.
Clear Your NJ Criminal Record & Move Forward
Once an expungement is granted by the court, then your record is cleared. And if someone has been put on notice that your record has been expunged, then it is a criminal offense for them to make it public. The idea is that it didn’t happen and shouldn’t negatively affect important aspects of your life — as a criminal record would — such as employment or housing.
Having a criminal conviction on your record doesn’t have to be the end of the story. By leading a normal life and avoiding trouble, you may find yourself able to effectively erase the past and move forward. Our lawyers can help you determine if your circumstances are a good fit for expungement.
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