Union County expungement lawyer Scott Gorman can help you put your past behind you so that you can get the second chance you deserve.
If you are living with a criminal record, you may wonder who can dig up records relating to your conviction. Such uncertainty can cause anxiety and embarrassment. Even worse, your criminal record can get in the way of your landing a job or obtaining a professional license. A criminal record can also prevent you from being accepted into a school. You could even be denied a loan as a result of your criminal record.
Most criminal convictions can be expunged after ten years from the later of the following: (1) release from incarceration (2) completion of probation or parole, or (3) payment of all fines. However, to successfully petition a court for an expungement, petitioners must demonstrate that they are not otherwise disqualified from obtaining the expungement. For example, a criminal conviction that touched upon the petitioner’s holding of a public office or public employment cannot be expunged. Moreover, one prior or subsequent criminal conviction will render a person ineligible to obtain an expungement of a criminal conviction. Two or more disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons adjudications will also serve as a bar to the expungement of a criminal conviction.
If you are eligible for an expungement, Scott can help you to obtain a court order that would permit you to deny that an arrest, criminal proceedings, or a conviction ever took place, in all but a few limited circumstances. The New Jersey Legislature has created a mechanism that allows many people to conceal information relating to arrests and criminal convictions. In fact, when records relating to an arrest have been expunged, if a person who is aware of the expungement discloses information relating to the expunged records, that person can be convicted of a disorderly persons offense.
Expungements are intended to help certain individuals put 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 Legislature created a “public interest” exception to the expungement requirements to allow for the expungement of criminal convictions prior to the ten-year period referenced above if granting an expungement would be in the public’s interest. To benefit from the “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 granting 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 allow a prior conviction to unnecessarily stand in your way. Call Union County Expungement Lawyer Scott Gorman today to discuss how you can obtain an expungement and a second chance.