When a person commits a crime in New Jersey, it can have a profound impact on the rest of their lives. Having a criminal record can prevent you from getting the jobs you want, the housing you want, and a number of other negative implications. The more serious the crime you have committed was, the more serious the consequences will be even after you have completed your penalties.
There are certain situations in which you may actually be able to remove a crime from your criminal record. This is known as an expungement. Of course, not everyone is able to expunge their criminal record. Though an expungement can mean a fresh start for some, it is only applicable in some cases. It is important to note that if you were convicted of a violent crime, you will likely not be eligible to have that crime expunged from your record.
There is also a waiting period that you must abide by when you want to apply for an expungement. For a non-violent felony offense, you have to wait five years before you can apply. A disorderly person’s offense will require a waiting period of three years. If your crime was dismissed after you have completed a diversionary program (such as drug court) you will have to wait 6 months.
The expungement process is very document-heavy and can be confusing. You should retain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney to help you get started.
If you require strong and dedicated representation for any of your legal matters, contact The Law Offices of George J. Mardinly to schedule a consultation.