What Are the Implications of a Criminal Record in NJ?

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Having a criminal record can have devastating effects on an individual’s life. To learn more about this, continue reading and give our experienced New Jersey criminal defense lawyers a call today. We are on your side no matter what you are facing. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the potential consequences of a criminal record?

A criminal record can have a negative effect on your future beyond the time it takes for you to serve jail time and pay fines. For instance, your record may impact your opportunities when it comes to:

  • Obtaining employment opportunities: If you have applied for a job, you have likely seen a question regarding your criminal history. Again, this can influence your employment options.
  • Seeking higher education: If you would like to pursue higher education, it is important to keep in mind that the majority of applications will ask about your criminal history. This may impact your opportunity to get into a school.
  • Securing certain loans: Banks may be reluctant to loan money to individuals with a record.
  • Finding housing: In many cases, landlords will ask about your criminal history.
  • Obtaining child custody: A criminal record may come up when it comes to child custody issues.

What is expungement in New Jersey?

In the state of New Jersey there is a law that specifies who is qualified to expunge a criminal record. It is important to understand that there are various criminal activities that cannot be expunged in New Jersey including violent crimes, crimes against children, and more. Eligibility and waiting periods for expungement heavily depend on the offense, the number and nature of the offenses, and how long ago the offense was committed. To apply for expungement, you will need to file a Petition for Expungement with the Superior Court in the county where the arrest or prosecution occurred. A judge will decide on the issue. If qualified, the court will issue an Expungement Order.

Am I eligible to have my record expunged?

Keep in mind that not all individuals can have their criminal records erased, because of the nature of the crime. Some of the crimes that are not suitable for an expungement in New Jersey include the following:

  • Crimes against children
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Perjury
  • Arson
  • Aggravated sexual assault
  • Robbery
  • The distribution, sale, or possession with the intention of distributing controlled substances

If you have questions or concerns about expungement and your eligibility, reach out to an attorney right away. The sooner you reach out, the better chances you have of saving your future. Our legal team is on your side no matter what you are facing. Give us a call today to examine the specifics of your case and your options.

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