As a result of Covid-19, many New Jersey residents are practicing social distancing and self-isolation. While you’re sitting at home, you’re likely wondering what you can do to pass the time. Why not consider looking into the expungement process, which can help you erase a previous criminal conviction off your criminal record? You’ve got the time now; so, let’s get started!
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Are You Eligible to Erase Your Criminal Past?
Is it really possible to clear your criminal record after an arrest? The answer may come as a surprise, but it’s a definitive yes in New Jersey. Some crimes are not ever eligible to get expunged including:
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Criminal homicide
- Criminal sexual contact with a minor
- Endangering the welfare of a child
- False imprisonment
- First or second-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance
Most other crimes, though, can get removed from your record. If your former crime was committed while you were a juvenile, then you can apply for expungement five years after the ordeal. The same five-year waiting period applies if you were convicted of a misdemeanor. If your crime was a felony, then you’ll need to wait six years before you can apply for expungement.
Once this waiting period is over and you’ve complied with the terms of your sentence, you can apply to have the courts wipe away your former record. If they approve your request, then your prior criminal record will be erased from public records.
How Long Does the Expungement Process Take in NJ?
The expungement process can be taken care of within a matter of weeks during this pandemic. Often, the process can take several months, but the pandemic has forced most courtrooms to avoid trials. That means they’ll have a lot more time to focus on issues like expungement requests.
If your case doesn’t require a hearing, then it’s likely your request will get approved right away. Once approved, you’ll be able to legally tell police departments to destroy records concerning your previous arrests.
Contact an Experienced Moorestown Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Expungement in New Jersey
Were you arrested or charged with a crime in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal law attorney as soon as possible about your case who can help you with expungements. The Law Offices of Michele Finizio have successfully represented clients charged with a crime in Camden, Cherry Hill, Medford, and Pemberton, and throughout New Jersey. Call 856-242-7300 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 9 E. Main St., Moorestown, NJ 08057.
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