If you need your criminal conviction expunged in Burlington County, New Jersey, you are not alone. An expungement is a legal process that erases or "seals" your criminal history. This could include an arrest, conviction, or both. When your record is sealed it means it will not show up on your criminal history. Under New Jersey law, certain offenses and arrests may be expunged, especially for those offenses committed while a juvenile. However, adults are often able to seal their offenses as well.
Having your criminal history expunged can be very beneficial to your ability to gain and maintain employment, education 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 when possible.
The "Clean Slate" Law
If a person has not committed an offense within the last 10 years and has not been convicted of certain "serious crimes," the person may be eligible to use New Jersey's "clean slate" law. This allows those who have not committed a new criminal offense in a long time to have the benefit of a clear criminal record, to allow you to move on from past mistakes or injustices. Also part of this law, low-level marijuana convictions can be sealed after the completion of the case. This prevents these low-level offenses from being used against you in the future outside of the legal system.
Who is Eligible for Expungement?
Who is actually eligible for expungement can quickly become complicated. It depends greatly on the offense committed, and how long ago. Certain offenses may take longer to become able to be sealed, and some may never be eligible for expungement. Typically, eligibility hinges on the severity of the crime of which you were convicted. However, do not assume your offense is ineligible, it is worth the time to inquire of a knowledgeable attorney to see if you are eligible.
Expungement of Juvenile Records in Burlington County
Under New Jersey law, a juvenile criminal record is eligible for total expungement. When a minor has completed his or her conditions placed upon the juvenile by the judge, many times the juvenile court judge will wipe the minor's record clean. Sometimes it is this simple, but in many other cases, it requires a few more steps to be able to make this happen.
Your attorney can take you through the sometimes complicated process of getting your record wiped clean. Walking into adulthood free and clear of youthful transgressions can greatly improve your future life, allowing you to attend the college of your choice, find the job you want, and get the special licenses you need.
Consult a Burlington County Expungement Attorney
Even the New Jersey Court System's educational materials on pursuing an expungement state "The court system can be confusing, and it is a good idea to get a lawyer if you can." With the help of an experienced attorney, you can get the benefits of expungement if you are eligible.
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.