What are the Consequences of a Criminal Record in New Jersey?

A criminal record can follow you throughout your life. For example, having a record can impact your ability to get a job, pursue higher education, obtain certain housing, secure certain loans, and can even affect your child custody arrangements. Luckily, you may be able to have your record expunged. Read on to learn more about the process of expungement in New Jersey.

What is expungement?

Expungement allows you to have your record essentially sealed from the public. This means it cannot be accessed if you are applying for a job, housing, loans, etc. It is important to know that your record is not erased and it can still be accessed by certain members of law enforcement.

What crimes cannot be expunged?

Not every crime can be expunged from your record. In New Jersey, the following crimes cannot be expunged:

  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Perjury
  • Distribution, sale, or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances

What is the process of expungement?

In New Jersey, the expungement process is as follows:

  • File the Petition for Expungement, the Order for Hearing, and the Expungement Order
  • Write a cover letter detailing all of the documents the court will file
  • Distribute copies of these files to any government agency that was involved in your case
  • Attend the hearing to obtain a decision on the expungement petition

It is best to work with an experienced attorney to ensure that the process goes smoothly. If you have a criminal record and you are interested in having it expunged, reach out to our firm. The sooner we begin the process, the sooner you can get your future back on track. If you have any questions or concerns, contact us today.

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If you are facing criminal charges in New Jersey, you need strong legal defense. Contact the Law Office of Carl Spector for dedicated representation. With over 30 years of experience as both a prosecutor and criminal defense attorney, he offers a unique perspective on how both sides think, and how to best approach each aspect of the case. When your future is on the line, don’t settle for less than the best possible legal representation. Contact an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney who will aggressively fight for you. Call today for a free confidential consultation. Let our experience work for you.