Just about everybody knows the hardship a criminal record can impose. It can mean the difference between getting a dream job or securing essential security clearance. An expungement may be your real ticket to a new beginning.
At the Ocean County Law Office of DiFrancia & DeDona, P.C., we know that mistakes happen. Unfortunately, something silly you did years ago can come back to haunt you. It’s no secret that prospective employers or others may judge you based on what they find in your rap sheet. Wouldn’t it be great if you could wipe away the past?
There are a few things you should know about record expungement in New Jersey. For starters, you must have satisfied all requirements ordered by the judge at the time of your conviction. If you were instructed to pay fines, you must be able to provide proof that you paid them. The same is true if you were court-ordered to do community service or serve time in the county jail.
Our legal team has assisted a number of clients to get a fresh start. They no longer have to worry about negative background checks. Once an expungement goes through, the slate is clean.
Ocean County Expungement Attorneys
First things first. When you are looking for an attorney with experience in securing expungements, you do not have to return to your original criminal defense lawyer. Whether we represented you initially or not, we can assist you. We will start with obtaining a copy of your criminal record. You will also need to be fingerprinted.
Can all cases be expunged? Unfortunately, the answer is no. Some serious crimes cannot be removed from your rap sheet. NJSA 2C:52-2 contains an extensive list of offenses that are not eligible for expungement. Our office will go over the details with you and provide you with legal advice concerning the possibility of removing certain offenses from your record.
When you apply for an expungement, there are also waiting periods. For example, in order to pursue an expungement for a disorderly persons offense, the requirement is three years. The time period does not start until you have satisfied all penalties. This includes payment of fines, completion of community service and jail sentence.
Despite what seems to be a tedious and lengthy process, our clients tell us that the wait is well worth it. Their records are sealed, and they no longer have concerns that they will be ostracized because of their past. Expungements change lives.