New Jersey Definition of Expungement
If you have ever been charged or convicted of a crime you know how much of an encumbrance it can be when applying to jobs or schools and the embarrassment of sharing your permanent record with others. However, in New Jersey, with assistance of an experienced expungement lawyer almost any offense can be expunged, including juvenile offenses, municipal ordinance violations, misdemeanors, or felonies. An expungement will not only make it easier for you to find a good job but it will allow you finally put your past behind you and start fresh. The Law Offices of John F. Marshall is a criminal defense firm that possesses over 100 years of combined experience and specializes in expunging criminal records. Don’t let your criminal record hinder your life any longer, call us today. We represent clients from all over Hunterdon County, Burlington County, and Mercer County, NJ including Princeton, West Windsor, Robbinsville, Ewing, Hamilton, Trenton and East Windsor. Contact us to arrange a free consultation in person at our Princeton Office or over the phone with an expungement attorney at (609) 683-8102.
An expungement is the extraction and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or criminal justice agency concerning a person’s detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal justice system. Pursuant to 2C:52-1 the records that can be expunged include complaints, warrants, arrests, commitments, processing records, fingerprints, photographs, index cards, “rap sheets” and judicial docket records. This is how you effectively erase a criminal record. In New Jersey the number of expungements you are allowed and the period you must wait before a record can be expunged depends entirely on the type of underlying offense. The waiting period begins after the sentence imposed upon the defendant is completely carried out. This includes completion of a prison sentence and all probationary terms as well. Furthermore, there is a requirement that the defendant have no convictions of any prior or subsequent crimes. An attorney wishing to expunge his or her client’s conviction must present a duly Verified Petition.
In New Jersey, when an order of expungement of records of arrest or conviction is granted by the court, all the records specified within the order will be removed from the files of all the agencies which have them on file and they will be placed in the control of a person who has been designated by the head of each such agency which, at the time of the hearing, possesses said records. That designated person will then insure that all these expunged records or the information contained therein are not released for any reason and are not utilized or referred to for any purpose. If someone requests any expunged information or records of the person who was arrested or convicted, all noticed officers, departments and agencies must reply, with respect to the arrest, conviction or related proceedings which are the subject of the order, that there is no record of the information.
Expunging a record can often times be very difficult and technical. If you or a family member is interested in getting a record of arrest or criminal conviction permanently expunged from your record you should contact an experienced expungement attorney today. The Law Offices of John F. Marshall handles expungements stemming from our client’s arrests or even a charge that we did not originally represent you on. Please feel free to contact any of our office to speak with a knowledgeable expungement lawyer who can answer any other questions you may have for no cost.
We serve clients throughout Mercer County, New Jersey — including Trenton, Hamilton, Princeton Borough, West Windsor, East Windsor, Lawrence Township, Robbinsville, Hightstown, Princeton Township, Ewing and Hopewell — and surrounding areas, including Hunterdon County and Burlington County.