If you are trying to put your past behind you…
Our lawyers can help.
Everyone makes mistakes, but some mistakes remain with us and keep us from moving forward in life. For example, information about arrests and convictions remains accessible in background checks indefinitely unless it is expunged.
Educational facilities, employers, landlords, and even the general public may be able to access your records. This information can have a dramatic impact on your ability to attend college, get a job, promotions, or even housing.
If you were ever fingerprinted by the police, you have a record on file with the New Jersey State Police — even if charges against you were dismissed.
The good news is that if you were arrested and charged, but the charges were ultimately dismissed, you may be eligible for an immediate expungement under New Jersey Expungement Law. Other types of convictions are eligible for expungement after a “waiting period.”
We can help you escape the shadow that a criminal record can cast over your life by having your records expunged.
How can having my record expunged help me?
Criminal records on file can be accessed in a background check. A criminal record expungement is the removal and isolation of all records relating to a person’s apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal or juvenile justice system. When your record is expunged, information about you is removed from:
- Court records
- Detention or correctional facility records
- Law enforcement agency records
- Criminal justice agency records; and/or
- Or juvenile justice agency records.
Why is expungement important?
When an employer, college, landlord, or creditor asks you on an application or interview if you have ever been arrested, prosecuted, or convicted of a crime, you are required to tell the truth. And, if you don’t, your record will tell the truth for you.
As long as your record is accessible in background searches, your past can continue to haunt you.
When your record is expunged, unless otherwise provided by law, any proceedings relating to your situation are considered not to have occurred.This means you can lawfully answer “no” on applications that ask if you have ever been arrested for, or convicted of any crime that has been expunged from your records. Expungement removes your record from public access and gives you the legal right to choose not to disclose information about anything in your past that has been “set aside.”
You can explore our website to learn more about record expungement in New Jersey, or you can contact us now for a free consultation. We can tell you if you are eligible to file a Petition for Expungement and how the process works.
We can help you get on with your life and leave the past behind you.
Our attorneys help people throughout New Jersey including in Bayonne, Camden, Clifton, East Orange, Edison, Elizabeth, Irvington, Jersey City, New Brunswick, Newark, Paterson, Toms River, Trenton, Wayne, West Freehold, Tinton Falls, Union City, Union, Vineland, Lakewood, Old Bridge, Eatontown, Red Bank, East Brunswick, Asbury Park, South River, Sayreville, Keansburg, Long Branch, Point Pleasant, Perth Amboy, Highland Park.