If you have a criminal record from an arrest or conviction in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, you may be eligible for expungement of your criminal record. An expungement is a legal process through which you can effectively "seal" your criminal history, making it almost as though it never happened. When this happens, the offense will not show up in your criminal record to employers, schools, and more. Under New Jersey law, certain offenses may be expunged, especially ones committed while as a juvenile.
It is beneficial to seal your criminal record in order to open up opportunities in your life, including in work, school, special licenses, and much 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 in New Jersey
New Jersey has an incredibly beneficial law called the "Clean Slate" law that allows certain eligible offenders to wipe their entire criminal record clean. If you have not had a new criminal offense within the last 10 years, and you have not committed certain "serious crimes" that make them ineligible for expungement, your entire criminal record can be sealed. This can allow you to move on in your life. This law also includes the sealing of low-level marijuana offenses that can be sealed as soon as the final disposition of your case in many situations.
Eligibility for Expungement Under New Jersey Law
Who is actually eligible for expungement can quickly become complicated. It depends greatly on the offense committed, and how long ago the arrest of conviction occurred. Certain offenses are considered so "serious" that they are never eligible for expungement. However, these are relatively few, and the majority of offenses can eventually be sealed through this process. Never assume you are not eligible, as you may be surprised and do not want to miss out on this chance to have a clean record.
Juvenile Record Expungement in Hunterdon County
If you or your child has a juvenile record from an arrest or conviction in Hunterdon County, the criminal record is eligible for total expungement under New Jersey law. Once the juvenile has completed all of the conditions imposed as part of the sentence, the juvenile judge can wipe the record clean on his or her own. In other situations, however, more steps are required to actually seal the record for a juvenile.
In every case, it is crucial that you pursue juvenile record expungement. To walk into adulthood free and clear of the limitations of a criminal record is 100% worth it. This can open up your college, career, and many other opportunities.
Consult a Hunterdon County Expungement Attorney
The court system in New Jersey can be incredibly complicated at times, and expungement can be a near-impossible process to get through without experienced legal help. An experienced attorney can walk you through this process to seal any eligible offenses.
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.