What is an expungement?

When individuals commit a crime, there is a chance that they will face repercussions for the rest of their life. Some consequences, aside from fines and jail time, that an individual may face include difficulty obtaining jobs, housing, and loans. Fortunately, New Jersey has an option that may allow individuals who have been convicted of crimes to have their records clear and start life without the burdens of a criminal record. This is known as an expungement. Of course, expungements are not applicable to individuals who have committed serious and violent crimes.

In New Jersey, some of the crimes that are not able to eligible for expungements include:

  • Violent crimes, such as rape, murder, and assault
  • Crimes against children
  • Felonies

In order to obtain an expungement in New Jersey, the individual must first determine whether they are eligible for one. They may want to consult with a criminal defense attorney. The crime must only be a misdemeanor and the individual must have been acquitted of the crime. Obtaining an expungement is a very document-heavy process. A lot of paperwork must be filed and processed in order to apply for an expungement. Then, there will be a hearing to determine whether the crime should be expunged.

If you have questions about your eligibility for an expungement, contact our firm today.

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