Expungement is a legal mechanism that "seals" your arrest or conviction record in New Jersey. For those convicted of a criminal offense in Atlantic County, New Jersey expungement can be incredibly beneficial to your future. You should not have to be weighed down by past mistakes forever if you are eligible for expungement. With the help of an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney, you can determine if you are eligible for expungement and seek to clear your record.
Having your criminal history expunged can be very beneficial to your ability to gain and maintain employment, educational opportunities, housing, and more. New Jersey attorney Joseph Lento has nearly two decades of experience in the criminal justice system, and can work hard to seal your criminal record whenever possible.
Getting a "Clean Slate" Under New Jersey Law
New Jersey has in place legislation that allows for certain eligible offenders to have their entire record wiped clean. These offenders need to have no criminal offense committed within the last 10 years, and not have been convicted of certain "serious crimes" that are ineligible for expungement. This provides a "clean slate" that allows you to move forward with your life, without the continuing stigma and limitations of a criminal record. As part of this law, low-level marijuana convictions can also be wiped from your record, even as early as the end of the case.
Eligibility for Expungement: Is This You?
Offenders actually eligible for expungement should pursue the sealing of their record promptly. If you are eligible for expungement, the benefits cannot be understated. Whether you are eligible to have a specific offense sealed is a complicated question at times, but can be answered by an experienced expungement attorney in Atlantic County. Certain offenses cannot be sealed, especially if that offense is considered more "severe" than other offenses. However, do not assume that your offense cannot be sealed, you may be surprised.
Juvenile Record Expungement in Atlantic County
Juvenile records in New Jersey are eligible for total expungement under the law. Offenses committed while a minor should not follow you forever. Once the eligible juvenile has completed the conditions imposed upon him or her by the juvenile court judge, the case can be wiped clean by the judge. At times, it is that simple, but at other times you need to take proactive steps with the help of a lawyer to get the record wiped clean.
This process can be complicated to do on your own, but with the help of the right attorney, you can move forward with confidence. Being able to walk into adulthood free and clear of any past mistakes is worth its weight in gold.
Consult an Atlantic County Expungement Attorney
The court system in New Jersey can be incredibly complicated at times, and the minefield that is expungement shows this to be true. However, for an experienced attorney, this process will be much easier, and you can rest assured that your rights are protected throughout the process.
If you want to pursue expungement of a criminal record for yourself or your child, contact the Lento Law Firm today at (888) 535-3686.