Middlesex County Expungement Lawyer
A criminal record can make it difficult to move forward with your life. For help getting a past charge or conviction removed from your record, reach out to a Middlesex County expungement attorney.
If you have a criminal record, you might have difficulty achieving some of life’s most exciting goals: buying a home, getting your dream job, and getting promoted. That’s because your record can follow you everywhere you go—even if you were only accused of a crime.
There is hope, however. Under certain circumstances and with the right legal assistance, you might be able to have criminal offenses and accusations removed from your record.
For help clearing your name so you can move forward, you can depend on Clark & Clark, LLC. Reach out to a Middlesex County expungement lawyer.
Why You Need a Clean Record
Even if you were accused of a crime but not convicted because you hired a qualified criminal defense lawyer, the accusation may still appear on your record. And that may be enough baggage to have serious effects on your life.
Every time you complete paperwork that asks if you have any past criminal offenses, you’re in a situation where your record could affect your life. On top of that, your past charges and convictions will show up on most background checks.
Past arrests, charges, and convictions could affect the outcome of the following pursuits:
- Applying for a job
- Being considered for a promotion
- Buying or renting a home
- Applying for a loan
- Requesting security clearance
Do You Qualify for Expungement?
You deserve a clean record if you haven’t been convicted of a crime, but, unfortunately, that’s not always how it works out. However, you are eligible to apply for expungement immediately if your charges were dismissed.
If you were convicted of a crime in New Jersey, you can still apply for expungement, but a host of complicated rules applies. For example, different kinds of criminal offenses carry different periods of time you must wait before you can apply for expungement.
Additionally, certain crimes cannot be expunged from your record. These are typically the most serious offenses, including murder, sexual assault, and kidnapping.
If you’re trying to have a charge from your youth expunged from your record, you may face somewhat more relaxed rules, but the process is still complicated.
Your Middlesex County criminal record expungement lawyer will guide you through the process step by step, but the following is a basic rundown of the steps required:
- Complete the Petition for Expungement, Order for Hearing, and Expungement Order forms.
- File your forms along with the official Cover Letter form, and pay your filing fee.
- Mail copies of your forms to all government agencies associated with your arrest, charge, or conviction.
- If required, attend your hearing, although a lawyer can keep you out of court in many instances.
- Distribute the final expungement order form you will receive to the appropriate government entities.
If the above steps sound confusing, it’s because they are. Your lawyer will be able to handle all of those steps on your behalf so you can focus on your life.
Contact a Middlesex County Expungement Attorney
The New Jersey Department of Corrections recommends hiring a lawyer when you try to have past incidents expunged from your record, and we do, too. Otherwise, you face mountains of difficult paperwork and the possibility of having your request rejected.