Expungement: How Can I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?
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In New Jersey, a past arrest can be taken off your record. Arrests are matters of public record and will often show up on criminal background investigations conducted by employers or creditors in both New Jersey and other states. The results of these investigations could affect your personal relationships, your job, your financial security, and your reputation in New Jersey.
If you would like help clearing your name, the Union County law firm of Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC can assist you. Our defense lawyers specialize in criminal defense law and know how to navigate the complex process of expungement.
Expungement is a legal process used to “clean” a criminal record by isolating the records of any prior arrests or convictions. Records, as defined by N.J.S.A. § 2C:52-1b, include: criminal complaints, warrants, arrests, commitments, processing records, fingerprints, photographs, index cards, “rap sheets” and judicial docket records. Upon successful completion of the expungement process, an ordinary background search of your record will result in a “no record” response.
By isolating evidence of a prior arrest or conviction, your criminal record becomes “clean” or “expunged.” A “clean” criminal record is essential to passing a criminal background investigation. In New Jersey, criminal background investigations are performed for numerous reasons including employment applications, firearm licenses, and home loan applications. Thus, obtaining an expungement in New Jersey can be extremely important.
New Jersey expungement law allows for persons with arrests not resulting in a conviction to have his or her record expunged. Depending on the circumstances, New Jersey law also allows a person with one or more convictions to have his or her record expunged. In determining whether a past conviction can be expunged from a criminal record, the court will look at several factors including the severity of the crime, the amount of time that has passed since the conviction, and the number of past convictions in New Jersey.
Discuss your case with a New Jersey lawyer. The expungement process can be complicated. Our experienced lawyers handle expungement applications throughout the Union County, New Jersey region including Plainfield, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Garwood, and Westfield. We will contact all of the necessary parties to the expungement process including the Superintendent of State Police, the Attorney General, and the county prosecutor.
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