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Expungement of Criminal Records Lawyer in Cherry Hill, NJ

New Jersey Criminal Defense Attorney Helps Clients Seek Record Expungement in Camden County, Gloucester County, and Burlington County, NJ

Expungements of criminal arrests and convictions in New Jersey are handled differently than in many states. All expungement petitioners are required to file an expungement request that is done using a standard application kit. The form will request specific information concerning the arrest or conviction in question.

The NJ state legislature has set forth qualifications for those who are eligible for criminal record sealing, which does allow for adult record sealing, as well as typical requests from juveniles. While the rules are more lax for juvenile requests, adults face a more stringent test. For both groups, each expungement is for each particular conviction and entire records are rarely sealed completely for adults. Three disorderly persons offenses is the limit in New Jersey.

Record sealing is a very serious matter in New Jersey and it is important to ensure that the request will be handled appropriately if there is any hope for a successful outcome. You need to speak with a qualified NJ criminal defense lawyer about your expungement application.

Having an Attorney for Your NJ Criminal Record Expungement Is Important

Merely filing a petition and providing no explanation of why an expungement should be allowed is normally not a successful plan for a novice applicant. An experienced criminal attorney can vouch for the fact that the information submitted is correct and that the candidate has learned from their experience. An attorney can also help with filing the application, which will give you the best chance of actually winning the ruling. In addition, there is normally a hearing process that is conducted according to the rules of the court — and petitioners are not given allowances for not knowing the rules of procedure.

Not All Criminal Offenses Are Eligible for Expungement in New Jersey

Typically, the only crimes or misdemeanors that are eligible for record sealing in NJ are disorderly persons convictions. Additionally, the rules for eligibility are strict. The convicted petitioner is not qualified for expungement of a conviction until after five (5) years have passed — and provided that the petitioner has not been convicted of another crime during that time.

Moreover, certain criminal histories for robbery, perjury, or aggravated assault cannot be expunged because they are specifically denied by legislation. In addition, a New Jersey Superior Court judge must also evaluate the request before issuing the ruling.

Free Consultation with an Experienced Monroe, NJ Criminal Record Expungement Attorney

It is important to understand that merely being eligible for an expungement does not necessarily mean that the ruling will be issued. Having an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney like Michele Finizio is a real advantage when your case must be presented in an open hearing. Attorney Finizio has assisted clients with expungements throughout NJ, including Gloucester Township, Pennsauken, Monroe Township, West Deptford, Mount Laurel, and Willingboro.

Contact Attorney Finizio now to discuss your criminal expungement. You can schedule a free consultation at the law firm’s office in Moorestown, NJ.

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