Do You Qualify For Expungement?
Everyone makes mistakes, but for many people, those mistakes do not follow them through their entire life. A criminal record, however, can make it difficult to find work, housing or even an education. A record expungement can open new doors and give someone a fresh start.
If you have been wondering whether you might qualify for expungement, reach out to us at the Law Offices of James A. Abate. Our attorneys have over 30 years of combined criminal law experience and understand the expungement process. They can help you determine whether this might be the right step for you.
Common Charges Eligible For Expungement
New Jersey law does not allow you to expunge every criminal conviction. You must meet certain criteria, including:
- You may only have one felony conviction on your record and two disorderly persons convictions.
- You may not have a conviction for the sale of, distribution, or possession with intent to distribute a controlled or dangerous substance.
- Certain violent felonies such as homicide, kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, and arson do not qualify for expungement.
Many other convictions do qualify for expungement after a certain waiting period. In addition, you may request the expungement of an arrest that did not result in a conviction at any time.
Let Us Help You Through The Process
The expungement process is not always easy to navigate. Our team will help you figure out whether your record is eligible for expungement and explain the application process. You must wait a certain amount of time to petition for expungement, and the time frame depends upon the type of offense. For example, a municipal ordinance requires a two-year waiting period, but a felony may require six years.
In addition, you must have completed your sentence, paid your fines and completed any probation or parole. We will help you complete all necessary paperwork and represent you at your court appearance. Once your record is expunged, the general public will no longer have access to it, and you can legally deny the conviction or arrest ever happened.
Free Initial Consultations Available
Find out if you are eligible for expungement of your criminal record. Talk to an attorney at the Law Offices of James A. Abate in a free initial consultation. Call our office at 908-643-7005 or fill out our online contact form.