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An Introduction To NJ Expungments

Expungement lawyers understand that the internet has changed society in many, many ways.
When it comes to people’s privacy, the world will never be the same. Nowadays we not only have to worry about smartphones videotaping and recording all of our actions and conversations, but we also have to worry about what other people may post about us.
In the past, people’s private lives, including their arrests and criminal convictions were only for a person’s family and loved ones to know about.
Today, many companies profit from selling a person’s private information.
We all make mistakes and getting arrested or charged with a crime can happen to anyone.
The difference is that now, with the available technology, all potential employers, educational institutions, and even “friends” can dig up dirt on your past.

What is An Expungement?

An expungement is a lengthy process. But it’s worth the wait. An expungement involves the filing of a petition.
 
A petition is simply a request to a judge. In the petition, we are asking the judge to erase the record of your arrest and/or conviction.
 
Expungement lawyers are usually criminal defense lawyers.
 
As criminal lawyers, we understand that people make mistakes. But we also know that people learn from their mistakes. Getting an expungement is the best way of saying, “I’m not the same person who made a mistake all those years ago”.
 
When you get your records expunged, it’s like your mistakes never happened.
After you expunge your records, New Jersey law allows you to declare that you were never arrested or convicted.
 
The whole point of getting an expungement is to get “cleared” on background checks.
When employers run a background check on you, nothing will come.
If you had a brush with the law in the past, it’s gone.
In fact, it’s like it never happened.

When should you hire an
Expungement Lawyer?

You should hire an expungement lawyer when you are eligible for an expungement.
This means that you have to wait until a certain amount of time has passed after your conviction.
For example, you have to wait 5 years for misdemeanors and 10 years for felonies before you can seek an expungement.

expungement petition Paperwork

Your expungement lawyer should make certain that your petition is accurate.
Any inaccuracies in your paperwork will cause a delay in getting your records erased.
If you didn’t keep your records during your criminal matter, you must go back to each court.
You can explain to the court personnel that you’re getting an expungement.
They will know that you are requesting a “certified disposition”.
The fees are between five and ten dollars.
Once you gather all your information, forward it to your lawyer.
As expungement lawyers, we don’t bother our clients with this step.
We get your paperwork for you.
 

How To Choose
An Expungment Lawyer Near You

Since your future is at stake, the criminal defense attorney you choose should be the right one.
It is important to hire a criminal defense attorney who fits your needs.
Remember, when you hire an expungement lawyer, you are entering into a relationship.
And like any other relationship, you need to trust the person who represents you.
You must feel comfortable with the defense attorney with whom you will be working.
Read the next section for important tips on choosing your lawyer.

Tips On finding the Right Attorney for you

First impressions are everything.
So, during your first meeting, keep these questions in mind:
“Does this lawyer strike me as honest or is there a weird vibe?”
For example, is the attorney listening to you and answering your questions?
Or, do you feel ignored and judged?
If there’s bad energy or you don’t feel at ease, consider this a red flag.
If something is off or
just “not right” keep searching.
Remember: Like us, there are plenty of caring defense attorneys who offer Free Consultations.

Final Thoughts

When you made your mistake years ago, do you remember how you wished for the whole thing to be over?

Well, the expungement process is the final step in the whole process.

Take action and get your criminal record expunged.

You’ll feel freer than ever.

Here’s more information about New Jersey’s criminal process.

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