Passaic County expungement lawyer Scott Gorman can enable you put your criminal past behind you so that you can get the fresh start that you deserve.

In many cases, an expungement can help you to conceal information relating to an arrest, even if the arrest resulted in a criminal conviction. If you meet the eligibility requirements, Passaic County expungement attorney Scott Gorman can help you obtain a court order that would enable you to deny that an arrest, criminal proceedings, or a conviction ever took place. In fact, when records relating to an arrest have been expunged, a person can be convicted of a disorderly persons offense for disclosing information relating to the expunged records if that person was aware of the expungement.

If you are living with a criminal record, you may wonder who is aware of your conviction. The uncertainty may be the source of extreme anxiety and embarrassment. Worse still, your criminal record can stand in the way of your getting a job or obtaining a professional license. A criminal record can prevent you from being accepted into a school. Also, you may even be denied a loan as a result of your criminal record. An experienced expungement attorney can help relieve that anxiety and embarrassment.

Most criminal convictions can be expunged ten years after the later of (1) termination of probation or parole, (2) release from incarceration or (3) payment of all fines. However, to have arrest records expunged, petitioners must demonstrate that they are not otherwise disqualified from obtaining the expungement. For example, a criminal conviction will not be expunged if it touched upon the petitioner’s holding of a public office or public employment. In addition, a single prior or subsequent criminal conviction will prevent a person from obtaining an expungement of a criminal conviction. Two or more disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons adjudications will also prevent a person from being eligible to expunge a criminal conviction.

The purpose of the statutory scheme regarding expungements is to assist certain individuals in putting their past transgressions behind them when they can demonstrate that they have been rehabilitated and that they are not perpetual offenders. In furtherance of this policy, in 2010, the New Jersey Legislature enacted an exception to the expungement requirements to allow for the expungement of criminal convictions prior to the ten-year period referenced above when granting an expungement would be in the public’s interest. To obtain an expungement pursuant to this “public interest” exception, a petitioner must prove that at least five years have elapsed since the later of the petitioner’s completion of probation or parole, release from incarceration, or payment of fines and that the petitioner has not been convicted of any crimes, disorderly persons offenses or petty disorderly persons offenses in the interim. Next, the petitioner must show that the expungement would be in the public interest, taking into consideration the nature of the offense and the petitioner’s character and conduct since the conviction.

Don’t let a prior conviction unnecessarily stand in your way. Call Passaic County expungement attorney Scott Gorman today to discuss how you can obtain a second chance.

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