Imagine that you are applying for a new job. Your prospects look bright – you have achieved academic success and personal satisfaction. You attend an interview for a position and are filing out the application form until something on the page stops you. This job requires a clean criminal record. Your mind races back to that time in college when you were arrested for shoplifting or drug possession. While today your life is productive and free of the reckless behaviors of adolescence, your past may still haunt you, marring your future.
In today’s world, most jobs, whether specialized, those in home health care or those that require a commercial driver’s license, often require a clean criminal record. Even though you have committed no crime in recent years, the presence of a past conviction on your criminal records can have a debilitating effect on your job prospects. Perhaps you feel your past will continue to haunt you and limit your career prospects. Fortunately, New Jersey state law allows people to expunge a felony criminal record that is over 10 years old; a disorderly person criminal record that is over five years old; and a municipal ordinance violation that is over two years old. With anexpungement, you can confidently tell a prospective employer that your record is clean, and their background check will confirm this.
We work with clients who wish to make a fresh start, helping to file an expungement petition with the court. Having assisted numerous clients in this way, we understand the procedures involved and the issues that can potentially complicate matters. If you have multiple offenses on your record, the process becomes more complex. In addition, there are crimes that simply cannot be expunged from a criminal record.
You should be aware that even in cases where you were found not guilty or where the charges were dismissed, a criminal background check will reveal a record of your arrest. These records should be expunged, and a petition for expungement can be filed as soon as the case as the dismissal or not guilty finding is entered. However, for cases resulting in dismissal as a result of the successful completion of pre-trial intervention, or a period of supervisory treatment (conditional discharge), a petition of expungement can be filed six months after the dismissal.
The expungement process takes anywhere from three to six months to complete. A court appearance is only required if a party, like the Attorney General, Chief of Police, Superintendant of the State Police, objects to theexpungement. While objections to expungement petitions do happen, they are extremely rare.
When you meet with us to discuss your case, we will give you a candid assessment, and where permissible by New Jersey Statute, help you expunge your records so you will be able to honestly say that you have never been arrested or convicted of a crime.
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1814 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill, New Jersey 08003
1 Eves Drive
Marlton, NJ 08053