What Are the Long-Term Consequences of a Criminal Record?

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It is no secret that a criminal record can have some serious consequences that may follow you throughout your life. So what are these consequences? And what is there to do about them? Luckily, there are options for those with criminal records. Read on for more information regarding criminal records in New Jersey.

Possible Consequences of a Criminal Record?

If you have applied for a job, you know that on most applications, there is a section that asks about your criminal history. This is an issue that may also come up when it comes to big steps like applying for college, renting an apartment, and more. When it comes to the following, a criminal record can have a large impact on your options:

  • Pursuing higher education
  • Securing employment
  • Obtaining financing
  • Finding housing
  • Obtaining child custody

What is Expungement?

If you have a criminal record, you may worry about your past following you through the rest of your life. Luckily, there are some options. For some, expungement can be a good option. Expungement is a way for individuals with a criminal record to get their record erased, or expunged. Through this process, individuals are able to have a fresh start in their lives. No longer will they be faced with having to include their criminal record on job applications. When businesses or other individuals perform a background check, they will not have access to the expunged records. However, some law enforcement agencies may still be provided with this information. 

Am I Eligible To Have My Record Expunged?

Not all individuals can have their criminal records expunged, simply due to the nature of the crime. Some of the crimes that are not eligible for an expungement in New Jersey include the following:

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

If you have a criminal record and you are interested in expunging your record, contact our firm today to discuss your options. We understand that people make mistakes and we want to make sure that you can achieve your job, education, and family goals.

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The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. would be happy to provide you with assistance in your case and help you protect your future when so much is on the line. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can assess the specific circumstances surrounding your lawsuit.

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