Expungement of Criminal Records in New Jersey
NJ Expungement Lawyer
Expungement is a process by which criminal documents are gathered and placed in a secret file. This file is not a matter of public record and almost no one can obtain the information locked inside, including employers and universities. In order to expunge criminal records in New Jersey, a person must be eligible for expungement. If a person is eligible, the process can begin. It is a lengthy process that requires deep probing into a person’s criminal history, and many different law enforcement agencies must participate. The following page provides basic information on expungement in New Jersey, which records can be expunged, and who can view them once they are expunged. If you would like to know whether you are eligible to have your record expunged, visit my Eligibility for Expungement page. For details about the expungement process in New Jersey, visit my Stages of Expungement page. If you would like to speak with an experienced attorney about the possibility of expungement in your case, I would be happy to assist you. Call 908-643-6801 for a free consultation today.
Which Records Can Be Expunged?
Records that may be expunged include all documents surrounding detection, arrest and the criminal process which follows including custody, indictment, trial and conviction. Additionally, all records held by the police department, prosecution and prison may be expunged. Examples of these documents include case records, rap-sheets, complaints, warrants, mug-shots, and even fingerprints.
Can Anyone View My Expunged Records?
The reason why these records are not completely destroyed is because there are exceptional situations in which they can be accessed. Expunged records can be accessed if you are applying to work for a law enforcement agency or judicial branch of government. Another situation in which the records would be accessed is if a person is seeking a conditional discharge or some other alternative sentencing after they’ve previously been convicted of a criminal offense. In such a case, the presiding judge would have access to your past conviction.
Am I Eligible for Expungement in New Jersey?
Eligibility is the most important question in determining whether the process for expungement should be implemented. Generally, it is relatively easy to determine whether someone is eligible because New Jersey has clear guidelines delineating which acts may be expunged. However, there are certain exceptions to these rules so a person should always speak to a lawyer about their situation in case they fall within an exception. For a detailed explanation of whether you are eligible for expungement in New Jersey, visit my Expungement Eligibility page.
Getting Started Today
I can help you determine whether your crimes are eligible for expungement, and if they are, together we can begin the process. Expungement is not necessarily a difficult process, but it does take time because it requires cooperation from many different law enforcement agencies. As a former prosecutor and an attorney who has very strong relationships with local police, when I make a request on behalf of a client, I am taken seriously. An attorney who is well respected and known to all participating parties can make this process much easier. If you would like to discuss the possibility of expungement with an experienced attorney with no obligation, contact me today at 908-643-6801 for a free consultation over the phone or in person at your convenience.
I defend individuals throughout New Jersey in Essex County, Middlesex County, Hudson County, and Union County in the towns of Cranford, Elizabeth, Westfield, Mountainside, Clark, Linden, Plainfield, Roselle, Roselle Park, Rahway, Scotch Plains, Summit, New Providence, Fanwood and Garwood.