If you were arrested for or convicted of a crime in Gloucester County, New Jersey you may be eligible to have your criminal record sealed with the help of an attorney. An expungement in a legal process by which you and your attorney will ask the court to "seal" your record so that it will appear to employers, schools, and other as if you never had the conviction or arrest. Under New Jersey law, most offenses can eventually be sealed, but there are exceptions for more "serious" crimes.
A sealed criminal history can greatly improve your ability to gain and maintain employment, as well as go to the school of your choice, get certain special licenses, or 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.
Who is Eligible for Expungement in Gloucester County?
If you are eligible for expungement it is crucial that you get your record sealed. Whether you are eligible depends greatly on the offense committed, and how long ago it occurred. Certain offenses can take longer to become eligible for expungement, and some may never be eligible. Typically, whether your particular offense is eligible for expungement hinges on the severity of the crime of which you were convicted. However, you shouldn't assume your offense is ineligible. It is definitely worth the time to ask a knowledgeable attorney to see if you are eligible.
New Jersey's "Clean Slate" Law
If you have not committed an offense within the last 10 years, and have not been convicted of certain "serious crimes," you 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. Those with low-level marijuana offenses are also eligible for immediate sealing of their record in certain cases, under this "Clean Slate" law.
Expungement of Juvenile Records in Gloucester County
A juvenile criminal record is eligible for total expungement under New Jersey law. Once a minor has completed his or her conditions that were placed upon him or her by the juvenile judge, many times the juvenile court judge will wipe the minor's record clean. It is sometimes just that easy, but in many other cases requires a few more steps to get the record expunged.
Your attorney can take you through what is sometimes a complicated process of getting your record wiped clean. Being able to move forward into adulthood without the weight of a criminal record around your neck can open up a world of opportunities, and make your life much much easier in the long run.
Consult a Gloucester County Expungement Attorney
Getting through the expungement process, and determining if you are eligible, can be incredibly difficult without the assistance of a well-versed attorney at your side.
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.