Getting Clean Improves Expungement Odds in New Jersey

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 04, 2023 | 0 Comments

The New Jersey expungement process for drug-related crimes can be complicated. There's a lot of red tape to navigate even when you do qualify for an expungement. First, it's important to understand that not every crime can be expunged. Drug crimes that qualify for NJ expungement include manufacturing, selling, and dispensing. Generally, violent crimes and DWI/DUIs are not expugnable.

Second, it's important to know the court doesn't have to grant you an expungement even if you qualify and ensure the accuracy of your expungement application. After you've submitted your application, the court will set a hearing. At the hearing, the prosecutor will have an opportunity to object to your expungement.

You should do everything in your power to improve the odds of having your expungement approved. In the case of drug crimes, this includes getting clean.

Does Getting Clean Help Your Expungement Process?

There are many productive steps you can take when trying to bolster your odds of having your expungement application approved by the court. First and foremost, you need to stay out of trouble. You cannot seek an expungement if you're currently facing any criminal prosecution.

Additionally, you need to show the court that you recognize your past mistakes and you've worked hard to become a better person. Some drug crimes aren't expungable at all, while others are only expungable if certain conditions are met. For example, if you've been convicted of a third or fourth-degree felony drug crime, your record won't be expunged unless the court finds you've demonstrated reform since the conviction. Demonstrating your reform could be accomplished in part by submitting to drug testing and/or attending a rehab program.

Expungement Benefits

While seeking an expungement may seem like a daunting process, it's well worth the effort. Criminal records can hinder the quality and progress of your life in numerous ways. If you want to get your life back on track after a drug crime conviction, you should contact an expungement attorney in New Jersey to see what your expungement options are.

When your criminal record is expunged, you'll be better able to:

  • Secure housing
  • Secure federal loan opportunities
  • Seek higher education
  • Qualify for certain state licenses

Additionally, those who benefit from the expungement of felony convictions will see certain rights restored to them, like the right to own a firearm.

Retain a New Jersey Expungement Attorney

If you or someone you love is ready to seek an expungement and move on from their past criminal convictions, you need to speak with and retain an experienced NJ Criminal Expungement Lawyer. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his Criminal Defense Team are dedicated defense attorneys who understand why the expungement process is so important. To learn how the Lento Law Firm can help you, call 888-535-3686 today or contact us online.

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Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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