Expungements

Criminal Record Expungement Attorney Camden County NJ

Experienced & Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Lawyer Helps Clients Obtain Expungements in South Jersey

It’s impossible to truly understand the havoc a criminal record can wreak on a person’s life unless they are forced to endure it. Anyone found guilty of a serious crime in New Jersey will have a permanent mark on their criminal record, making it extremely difficult to get a good job, housing of their choice, loans and more. This is because, especially in this “cyber” age, anyone can do a criminal background check. Having a criminal record won’t make anyone the first choice as a new hire or tenant.

Fortunately, there may be a way for you to have your criminal record erased so you can move forward with your life. With the assistance of a qualified criminal defense lawyer like Jill R. Cohen, Esq., you may be able to obtain an expungement, which means your record will essentially be cleared. If you do get an expungement in New Jersey, you will be able to truthfully say “no” when you are asked whether you have an arrest record.

Who is Eligible for Record Expungement in New Jersey?

If you are interested in having your criminal record expunged, we invite you to contact Ms. Cohen for a review and analysis of your particular situation. There are, however, some guidelines that apply across the board:

  • Traffic-related convictions may not be expunged since they are not criminal offenses, they are motor vehicle violations. This goes for even the most serious of traffic crimes, DUI/DWI.
  • You cannot have several convictions on your record if you want to seek an expungement. Ms. Cohen will explain these guidelines and if, and how, they apply to you.
  • If your arrest or conviction occurred in another state, you need to find out about expunging your record in that state. Ms. Cohen can assist you with expungements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Expungement May Be Permitted for the following Crimes:

  • Juvenile offenses: A large number of juvenile crimes can be expunged after five years have passed since the end of the sentence.
  • Disorderly persons offenses or petty crimes: These crimes can often be expunged after three to five years, provided you have not committed any other offenses in that time.
  • Prescription drug crimes and some low-level drug crimes: While most drug crimes cannot be expunged, exceptions are sometimes available for marijuana and other low-level drugs, as well as prescription drug crimes. A new law makes it more likely that your drug conviction can be expunged, so call for a consultation about your situation.
  • Indictable crimes: Those convicted of indictable crimes must usually wait 5-10 years before applying for expungement. A law recently passed makes a handful of these offenses eligible for expungement after only five years.

The following crimes cannot be expunged in New Jersey:

  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Kidnapping or false imprisonment
  • Arson
  • Many sex crimes, including aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and criminal sexual contact
  • Endangering the welfare of a child
  • Human trafficking
  • Many drug crimes
  • Child pornography offenses
  • Perjury

Ms. Cohen, a knowledgeable Camden County criminal lawyer, has helped a number of people obtain expungements over the course of her career. She fully understands the process and, if you qualify, she will guide you through it from beginning to end.

Savvy South Jersey Lawyer Helps Clients Clear Criminal Records through Expungement

It’s imperative to work with an experienced expungement lawyer if you are seeking to have your criminal record cleared of certain offenses. This is because the process is extremely complicated, requires significant knowledge of expungement laws and can be quickly overwhelming for someone not familiar with the process. Further, there are many deadlines to meet; missing even one deadline can be cause for denial of your expungement in New Jersey.

If you want to talk to a lawyer about the possibility of obtaining a record expungement, call Camden County criminal lawyer Jill R. Cohen in her Haddonfield office today. She assists clients throughout New Jersey, including Camden County, Atlantic County and Gloucester County. Contact her today for a free initial consultation about your expungement request.

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Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.

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