Erasing Your New Jersey Criminal Record
A criminal record can extremely limit your educational and employment opportunities especially in today’s market. However, the big secret is that with a little help from an experienced expungement lawyer most people can get their records cleared. Expunging your record allows you to answer “No” to employers when they ask if you have ever been arrested or convicted of a crime. Moreover, background checks will show nothing, with the exception of certain law enforcement and government agencies. At Proetta & Oliver, our law firm helps clients throughout the state wipe their damaging permanent records. Contact our office, located in Jersey City, to speak with an expungement attorney today regarding your eligibility at (201) 793-8018 for absolutely free.
Who is Eligible for an Expungement
If you have ever been charged with a crime in New Jersey there is a public record of it — whether the arrest ultimately led to a conviction, plea, downgrade or complete dismissal — a trail of evidence of the charge remains. New Jersey law provides for the opportunity to have most criminal convictions expunged. We represent and help clients in expunging some of the following records:
- Record of Arrest
- Municipal Ordinance
- Disorderly Persons Offense Conviction (Misdemeanor)
- Indictable Convictions (Felony)
- Juvenile Record
- Drug Offenses (under 21 years old)
Determining your eligible to file an expungement in New Jersey is the first step, however, the rules governing expungements in this state are complex. You must first obtain criminal records applicable to the charges you would like to seek expungement of. If you were convicted of an indictable offense, this document will be called a Judgement of Conviction and if you were convicted of a disorderly persons offense, it is called a disposition. Proper applications and filings can have to be made to as many as 12 different government departments and organizations throughout the State and can take several months for your record to be fully expunged.
Eligibility and waiting periods depend on a multitude of factors, if you were convicted, the nature of the offense, what you ultimately pled to, and the extent of your criminal record. You may be eligible for an expungement right away, you may have to wait as long as 10 years, or you may not even be eligible at all. Our law firm takes the time to carefully evaluate your specific circumstances to determine whether you can apply for an expungement and if the time is proper.
How Many Convictions can I Expunge in One Petition?
You are limited to a single expungement in your lifetime but you can include more than one charge in the expungement petition. There are also statutory limitations on the number of charges you can expunge from your criminal record, depending on the type of offense you were convicted of.
Typically, you can only expunge one felony (indictable offense) conviction in a petition for an expungement, unless the petition is to seek expungement of multiple indictable offenses contained in a single judgment of conviction, the convictions were “interdependent”, or part of a sequence of events like a crime spree. These exceptions for multiple offenses arising from the same incident or interdependent circumstances were put into place by New Jersey’s new expungement law, which went into effect on October 1, 2018.
Additionally, under the new expungement law, if you have not been convicted of an indictable offense, you can include up to 4 disorderly persons convictions in one expungement. If you have been convicted of an indictable offense, you may only expunge up to 3 disorderly persons convictions.
Expungement Lawyer in Jersey City · (201) 793-8018
Attempting to expunge your arrest or conviction record without a lawyer can be as confusing and frustrating as representing yourself in court. We know the process and will work efficiently to get your expungement taken care of as quickly as possible. If you would like to discuss the details of your case with an experienced expungement lawyer contact our Jersey City Office at (201) 793-8018 for a free initial consultation.