Expungements

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Expungement Attorneys

Guiding Clients Through The Process of Expungement

An arrest record or conviction can seriously impact a person’s future. An arrest or conviction can affect one’s ability to get a job, housing, and may even impact schooling. If eligible, one can solve this problem through the process of expungement. Expungement is a way to “clear” one’s criminal record from the public eye. Though some law enforcement agencies will have a record of the event, businesses and individuals who conduct background checks will not have access to this information. This process functions to provide a fresh start to the eligible party. The law also provides the removal of records of arrests that did not end in conviction. New Jersey and Pennsylvania have limited rights to expungement. Many crimes cannot be expunged and discussing this matter with an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you need legal advice on the matter or effective guidance through the process of expungement, contact The Vigilante Law Firm for a consultation.

Expungement in New Jersey

New Jersey law defines who is eligible to expunge a criminal record. Some of the criminal activities that cannot be expunged in New Jersey include violent crimes, crimes against children, and more. Eligibility and waiting periods for expungement depend greatly on the offense, the number and nature of the offenses, and how long ago the offense was committed. To apply for expungement, you need to file a Petition for Expungement with the Superior Court in the county where the arrest or prosecution took place. A judge will decide on the matter. If eligible, the court will issue an Expungement Order.

Expungement in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania allows expungement as well. There are three types of expungements in the state. These include Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) Expungement, Expungement in Summary Cases and Expungement in Court Cases. Each expungement comes with specific requirements. Like in New Jersey, a PA resident must file a Petition for Expungement with the court in the county where the arrest/ prosecution happened. Once approved, the state, not the local court, will issue the expungement order, passing it down to law enforcement agencies.

Contact an Experienced Expungement Attorney

Clearing your record of an arrest or conviction can make a world of difference. If you are eligible for an expungement in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, you should act quickly once the waiting period is over. If you need legal advice from an experienced attorney, our firm is here to help. Expungement is a complex and document-heavy process that deserves the attention of an effective legal team. The Vigilante Law Firm has over 30 years of experience helping NJ and PA clients through the process of expungement. We understand that people make mistakes and we are here to help them move on to a better life without the restriction of a criminal record. If you need our help, contact The Vigilante Law Firm for a consultation.