Is An Arrest Or Prior Criminal Record Preventing You From Life Opportunities?
An Expungement May Be A Viable Solution.
Human beings aren't perfect. They make mistakes and commit indiscretions, particularly juveniles who are still maturing. But such transgressions shouldn't ruin a person's life forever.
Fortunately, a legal procedure referred to as an expungement is available for many people.
What Is An Expungement?
Depending on the circumstances, individuals with prior arrests or convictions in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania for certain offenses can petition the court to "expunge" or seal it from public access.
If a court grants the legal pardon, the conviction or arrest is basically treated as if it never occurred.
Good News For Arrests And Convictions In New Jersey
It is important to note that expungements are not available for all offenses. Violent crimes, such as murder and convictions for sexual offenses are not eligible.
However, beginning October 1, 2018, more convictions will become eligible for expungement in the state of New Jersey.
The new law also allows certain individuals to pursue an expungement for more than one felony. (In the past, a person could only expunge one felony in New Jersey from his or her criminal record.)
I am criminal defense attorney Joseph M. Horn, and I have seen firsthand the detriment a criminal conviction can have on a person's life. If you or a loved one has a prior arrest or criminal record and want to learn more about the process and your eligibility, so you can move on with your life, I invite you to contact my office today.
Call 201-884-6000 or send me an email. Free confidential consultations. Serving all of Bergen County, including Ridgefield Park, and all of New York and Pennsylvania.