When a person commits a crime, they may receive a criminal record as a result. Criminal records come with severe consequences that can affect an individual for the rest of their life. The state of New Jersey realizes this impact on people. Criminal records can make it difficult for people to get jobs, housing, education, and loans. Because of this, New Jersey offers individuals with criminal records the opportunity to expunge it, as long as they qualify. Expungement allows crimes and misdemeanors to be erased from a person’s criminal record. When a record is expunged, it can only be accessed by certain law enforcement agencies. It is important to enlist a skilled attorney if you wish to expunge your criminal record.
Expungement Laws in New Jersey
Expungement offers people with a criminal history a clean slate to get their lives back on track. It can clear a person’s record and let them start fresh. When a record is erased, new doors can open for the individual’s future. The state of New Jersey enacted new laws regarding expungement in October 2018. These laws forbid employers from discriminating against job applicants if they expunged their criminal record. The new law also consisted of the following changes:
- Speeding up certain expungements
- Increased the number of convictions that may be expunged from a record (now up to 4 offenses)
- Shortened the waiting period to expunge a record (now 6 years)
Individuals who are looking to expunge their record have to meet the criteria in order to do so. The state of New Jersey only allows people to expunge certain crimes from a record. Very major and extreme crimes cannot be expunged from a record. This may include crimes such as murder, robbery, kidnapping, arson, sexual assault, or perjury. Those who are found distributing or in possession of controlled substances cannot expunge that crime from their record either.
It is important to understand that expunging a record can sometimes be a long and complicated process. Certain requirements must be met and paperwork has to be filed. When someone hires an attorney to assist with expungement, they are required to provide their attorney with any records of their crime. Other requirements of the process may include:
- Filing the Petition for Expungement
- Filing the Order for Hearing
- Filing the Expungement Order
- A written cover letter explaining the documents being filed
- Providing copies of these files to other governments involved in the case
- Attending the hearing
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If you or someone you know is looking to expunge their record, contact REM Law Group P.C. today.