When an individual has a criminal record in New Jersey, he may feel the impact for the rest of his life. A criminal record can seriously harm one’s ability to obtain the loans they want, the housing they want, and the jobs they want… along with having to explain the crime on each job application. Of course, this makes it very difficult to put the past in the past once and for all, even after all the legal consequences have been served.
In some cases, individuals may have the opportunity to expunge their criminal record, which can allow them to feel as though they have a fresh start on life. An expungement allows an individual who has committed a low level crime to clear their record. In addition, individuals who were charged with a crime of any level but were never convicted are also eligible for an expungement. Of course, not all crimes can be expunged. Some of the crimes that are not eligible for an expungement include murder, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, kidnapping, arson, perjury, some juvenile crimes, or the distribution, sale, or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances.
The process of obtaining an expungement is very complex and document heavy. Individuals who wish to petition for an expungement must comply with the appropriate waiting period before filing. Municipal ordinance offenses may be expunged after 2 years; disorderly persons offenses may be expunged after 5 years but in as little as 3 years; and, indictable offenses may be expunged after 10 years but may be eligible to make application in as little as 5 years.
If you are wondering if an expungement may be possible for your situation, contact our firm today. The Rem Katcher Law Group can advise you on your eligibility and walk you through the process of clearing your criminal record.