As Your New Jersey Expungement Lawyer, Clearing Your Record is Our Goal
If you have ever been charged with a crime, you have a criminal record.
If you have ever been convicted of a crime or an offense, you have a criminal record.
In New Jersey, a criminal record is forever, unless you are granted an expungement, which is a clearing of the police and Court records. Even if you were found not-guilty after trial, or if the charges were to be dismissed, the criminal record continues to follow you until it is expunged by Court Order. Until that relief is granted, it will follow you, and any employer will be able to see it when they do a background check.
If you meet the eligibility requirements, the process can take months to complete.
If you are considering whether you can expunge your NJ criminal record, contact Bailey & Toraya, LLP at 973-982-1200 to discuss what steps need to be taken to clear your record.
The Expungement Process. I May Be Able to Help You Over the Phone. The Call is Free
First step: Are you eligible to get your record cleared?
There are several types of expungements, and whether you are eligible for this relief depends upon a review of your entire criminal record. We are often able to determine your eligibility by conducting an investigation through our on-line databases. If more informations required, we will have you perform a fingerprint-based background check.
If you want to see what your record looks like, and all of your charges were in NJ, you can do a background check through the NJ State Police Website at New Jersey Criminal History Records Information | New Jersey State Police (njsp.org) If any of your charges were in any other State or in a Federal Jurisdiction, you can initiate a background check through the FBI at Identity History Summary Checks — FBI.
Second Step: What were the charges that were originally filed against you? When were they filed? What were the final charges if you were sentenced? What sentence was imposed by the Court?
These and answers to other questions need to be examined to determine your eligibility to clear your record.
Examine the documents you have from the your case. Make us a clear copy of each document and we are often nable to determine your eligibility during our first phone consultation.
Eligibility Review: During our analysis of your record, we will need information on the specific statutory citation you were convicted of; when you were convicted; and, what the sentence was.
The Process: Once a decision has been reached that you are eligible to apply, we will need to file a petition with the NJ Superior Court. This process has been revised, and although much of it is now done electronically, it still takes months for the application to be processed, and once you are granted the expungement, more time for your record to be cleared.
Some Charges Cannot Be Cleared From Your Record
Some crimes cannot be expunged, ever. This does not happen in most cases, but if you have been convicted of one of those charges, you may be barred. Once we have completed our analysis, we will advise you whether there are any statutory bars to you obtaining expungement relief.
Expungement of Your Record Before the Waiting Period Is Over
The expungement statute imposes a waiting period for each type of criminal offense, whether it is graded as a crime, an offense, or a violation. We will advise you of the waiting period that applies to your record once we complete the analysis.
Call Bailey & Toraya LLP at 973-982-1200 to discuss your eligibility. The phone call is free.