In New Jersey, the law allows a person to have certain arrests removed from his or her criminal record. This expungement of arrest records can be especially valuable for individuals whose jobs or educational pursuits require them to have a clean record. Some employers, universities, colleges and military recruiters may look unfavorably on any arrest, even if it was false or if it did not lead to a conviction.
If you or a loved one was arrested for a drug offense, assault, shoplifting or another alleged crime, you may be looking to have that arrest permanently removed from your record. Sutnick & Sutnick Attorneys at Law can help with this process if you qualify for an expungement.
Recent Changes Could Benefit You
On June 15, 2020, new laws will go into effect in New Jersey that shorten the wait time for some convicted individuals and allow more people to expunge more charges. People convicted of certain crimes are eligible to apply for expungement five years after the date of conviction, termination of probation or release from prison – whichever is later, and if the expungement is for compelling reasons, that time is reduced to four years.
Individuals may be eligible to have their entire criminal record expunged- crimes and disorderly persons convictions combined- 10 years after the date of conviction, termination of probation or release from prison – whichever is later.
A conviction for a disorderly persons offense or petty disorderly persons offense may be expunged after five years, and if an expungement is in the public interest, the wait time may be reduced to three years.
The law allows for the expungement of an indictable conviction even if an individual also has three disorderly persons offenses. It also allows for the expungement of up to five disorderly persons offenses.
Schedule an appointment with a knowledgeable defense lawyer today to learn more about your new rights.
We Understand How Expungement Works
To better serve our clients, our firm concentrate solely on the practice of criminal defense. We understand how the criminal justice system and a subsequent expungement works in New Jersey. If you are concerned about an arrest record, our attorneys can assist you by:
- Advising you regarding your criminal record and the impact a past or current arrest may have on your career, education or family
- Processing the appropriate expungement paperwork on your behalf
- Examining whether a criminal conviction can be expunged if the type of offense and elapsed time meet the requirements of the law, which have changed recently
- Addressing any current criminal charges in a strong, strategic manner
Everyone’s situation is different. Our attorneys can work with you to help you reach your goals.