What do I need to know about the expungement process?

Our firm understands the serious penalties that a criminal conviction can have on an individual’s life for years down the road. Many people who are convicted of crimes when they are young become law-abiding citizens in the future who have no additional offenses on their record. A criminal record can ruin one’s chances to get the housing they want, the employment opportunities they want, the loans they want, among other things. Not only that, the individual may be required to explain themselves for years down the road. With that said, New Jersey allows certain individuals with a criminal record to have their record erased through a process known as an expungement. Of course, this does not apply to many crimes, such as murder, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, perjury, and drug crimes.

Those who are eligible for an expungement will have to endure a lengthy legal process. In the end, it can make all the difference in one’s future success. A few of the steps of the expungement process are as follows:

  • Retain the services of an expungement attorney
  • Collect all records from the initial crime
  • File the Petition for Expungement, the Order for Hearing, and the Expungement Order
  • Write a cover letter that explains the documents and file everything with the court
  • Attend a hearing on the expungement decision

If you are curious about your eligibility for an expungement, contact the experienced attorneys at Rem Katcher Law Group, P.C. today. Our firm has years of experience defending clients who are facing criminal charges and fighting to clear their records when possible.