Everyone makes mistakes. In New Jersey, you may have the chance to erase the record of some arrests that would affect you for years to come. Under New Jersey law, you must have been acquitted of a crime to be eligible for expungement. Even if you weren’t convicted, an arrest will stay on your record until you get it expunged. If granted by the court, expungement is a process that removes and isolates records of arrests, probation, and anything related to a minor crime from databases that employers, schools, housing officials, and other authority figures may access to check your past. The record will still technically remain, but will only be accessible to law enforcement and other cleared parties.
In these cases, it was like the events never happened and you may state that you have a clean criminal record. At Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC, we assist individuals seeking expungement for past mistakes. Our attorneys will assist in filing the correct motions and taking the necessary action to see this accomplished.
How to obtain an expungement
To be eligible for expungement in New Jersey, you must have been acquitted of the crime. The crime must have been a misdemeanor. Felonies and other serious offenses are not eligible for expungement. If you were convicted of a crime and the charges were later dropped, you are eligible for expungement of the arrest and conviction. Further information about eligibility for expungement can be found under N.J.S.A. 2C:52-1 through N.J.S.A. 2C:52-32.
In order to start the process of expungement, you need to prepare and file a Petition for Expungement with the Superior Court in the county where the arrest or prosecution took place. The Superior Court judge assigned to your case will schedule a hearing through an Order for Hearing. Based on your eligibility, a judge will then decide if you deserve an Expungement Order. The Petition for Expungement, the Order for Hearing, and Expungement Order will have to be filed with any government agency that was involved with your case. After the hearing, you must distribute the finalized expungement order to all of the same government agencies. Though it sounds simple enough, the expungement process is complicated and document-heavy. Having the right representation to take care of the paperwork properly is recommended.
Contact an attorney to guide you through the process of expungement
The attorneys at Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC have years of experience assisting clients with the expungement process. The procedure is document-heavy and overwhelmingly detailed. Having representation is always recommended when dealing with such a complicated matter. In some instances, the prosecutor may fight to prevent the crime or arrest from being expunged. Our attorneys will advocate on your behalf to see that arrest disappear. Allow our diligent attorneys to guide you through the process and ease your stress while we clear the path for your future. Don’t allow a mistake to unnecessarily burden your livelihood. Contact the Paris P. Eliades Law Firm, LLC.
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