Clearing Your Criminal Record in New Jersey
Serving Hudson County and Bergen County
Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting the job you want, acquiring a professional license, renting an apartment, and even adopting a child. However, you may be able to prevent a criminal record from shadowing you for the rest of your life.
“Expungement” is a process by which a person’s file is removed from the main criminal records database so that it will no longer show up in searches. When a potential employer, a landlord, a police agency (including the FBI), or the courts look for your name, they’ll get the message “no record information.”
The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. can help you with this process and answer all of your questions. Also, once your record has been expunged, you’re legally entitled to declare that you don’t have a criminal record.
Many people don’t realize that they may have a criminal record even though they were never convicted. If you were ever arrested and fingerprinted, your name is in the criminal records system, even if charges were later dismissed or you participated in a diversion program. Although any arrest that didn’t result in a conviction can be expunged immediately, not all crimes can be expunged.
Convictions of the following crimes are not eligible for expungement in New Jersey:
- Criminal homicide (exception vehicular homicide)
- Luring or enticing
- Aggravated sexual assault
- Criminal sexual contact if the victim is a minor
- Criminal restraint
- Endangering the welfare of a child (if based on sexual contact or child pornography)
- False imprisonment
- False swearing
- Distribution of controlled dangerous substance or possession of controlled dangerous substances with intent to distribute
- Motor vehicle violations or DWI/DUI
The waiting period for expungement ranges from six months for conditional discharges and pretrial interventions to ten years from the completion of a sentence.
An experienced attorney can guide you through the process and make sure that your application for expungement is handled properly. Jeffrey S. Hasson has 18 years of experience working in this area.
Contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C. today to find out if you have a right to clear your criminal record.