When you are convicted of a crime in New Jersey, the matter could follow you for the rest of your life. This can have a serious impact on your livelihood, housing, and a number of other factors. A criminal record can stop you from living the life you would choose otherwise. However, depending on the nature of the crime, you may be able to have it removed from your criminal record. This is attainable through a process called an expungement.
Expungements give a person with a criminal record a chance to start over with a clean slate. It is important to know that not all crimes are eligible for an expungement, namely violent crimes and other egregious acts. Your case will be assessed and the courts will determine if you are likely to commit future crimes.
In 2016, the state’s expungement law changed. The waiting period to request an expungement for a criminal conviction changed from 10 years to only 5. For disorderly persons offenses, the wait time was reduced from 5 years to only 3 years. This change was made to help people become productive members of New Jersey’s workforce sooner than they previously could under the law.
Expungement is a document-heavy process. It is crucial to have the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you. Contact Rem Katcher Law Group to discuss your eligibility and the path towards a clean record.