Expungement Attorney in Hackensack, NJ
Skilled New Jersey Criminal Lawyer Helps Clients Expunge Arrests and Convictions in Bergen County, Passaic County, Hudson County & Essex County, NJ
Everyone makes mistakes, but when your mistakes end up on a criminal record that anyone can see, it can permanently and drastically affect your life. When you’ve paid your debt and you’ve demonstrated a crime-free life since your earlier conviction, expunging your record can give you a fresh start. That is important because even though you’ve straightened out your life and are now a law-abiding, productive citizen, anyone can access your prior criminal record, including individuals, employers, insurance companies, lenders, educational institutions, and the public. As you may have experienced already, a criminal conviction, whether it’s for a felony like illegal handgun possession or a minor offense like shoplifting, can impact job opportunities, exclude you from the benefits of education, disqualify you from purchasing or renting a home in New Jersey, prevent you from obtaining certain professional licenses, and exclude you from obtaining a gun permit. Even when you were found not guilty or your charges were dismissed, your NJ arrest record is still accessible.
Hackensack criminal attorney Adam M. Lustberg knows how to achieve an expungement of your criminal history under New Jersey law. Contact him today to schedule a free consultation and explore your options for expunging an arrest or conviction from your record.
An Experienced Hackensack Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help Wipe Your Record Clean
Under certain conditions, you can have your criminal record wiped clean so that only law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies will have access to it. The unique circumstances of your criminal history must be reviewed to determine whether you may qualify for a record expungement.
Certain cases immediately qualify for an expungement, including arrests that didn’t result in a conviction, certain special probation programs such as drug court, and completed court-ordered rehabilitation.
If you were convicted of a summary offense but have had no additional offenses or arrests during a specified period, you may qualify for a record expungement. Additionally, many juvenile convictions may qualify for an expungement.
For indictable convictions, the time since a sentence and probation period were completed before an expungement application can be considered varies from two to ten years.
What Crimes Do Not Qualify for an Expungement in Hackensack, New Jersey?
When a record is expunged, it means that your record is sealed and neither the public nor any company, educational institution, or agency will have access to those records except for the district attorney’s office or any other law enforcement agency should you commit a new crime.
The following is a list of crimes that do not qualify for an expungement in New Jersey:
- Criminal homicide except for unintentional death by auto
- Kidnapping, luring or enticing, human trafficking
- Sexual offenses, including sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact
- Arson and related offenses
- Endangering the welfare of children
- Sexual conduct with a child including sexual crimes
- Possession of child pornography
- Perjury and false swearing
- Producing or possessing chemical weapons, biological agents, or nuclear or radiological devices
- Abuse of public office
- First and second degree distribution of a controlled substance or possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (third and fourth degree distribution charges are expungeable)
There are waiting periods before your record can be cleared. The length of the waiting period depends on the crime committed. If you were sentenced to probation, community service, classes, or courses and were fined, these conditions must have been completed. Also, a certain amount of time must have passed since you were convicted, which could be anywhere from a few months to many years.
If you were arrested but not convicted of a crime in Hackensack, Paramus, Newark, Bloomfield, Millburn, Rochelle Park, Elmwood Park, or anywhere else in New Jersey, you may qualify to have that record immediately expunged.
The Expungement Application Process in New Jersey Is a Lengthy, Technically Complex Process
While you can file an expungement petition yourself, if you’re not experienced handling this process, it can be confusing. There are many technical details and requirements that must be met to give you the best chance to have your application approved. If you handle the expungement petition yourself and it is denied, you will have to start all over. Also, the process becomes even more complicated if it is opposed by the prosecutor’s office or by law enforcement. Because approval of an expungement petition usually takes several months, you’ll have lost that time and the chance to move forward in your life with a clean record will be further delayed.
When your criminal record has been holding you back from employment, licensing, educational, housing, and other opportunities, Hackensack criminal attorney Adam M. Lustberg can handle the expungement petition process efficiently and most effectively. He will help you clear your record and more productively get on with your life.
Contact an Experienced Hackensack Criminal Defense Lawyer for Information About Filing for an Expungement in New Jersey
During a free consultation and case evaluation, Bergen County criminal lawyer Adam Lustberg will advise you about whether you qualify for an expungement in New Jersey. If he determines you are expungement eligible, the process to clear your name may take a few months. So, the sooner you start the process, the faster you can move on with your life. Call or email Adam M. Lustberg today to meet with him in his Hackensack office and receive your free expungement case evaluation.