A criminal record can follow you wherever you go. A criminal record can hamper your opportunities for jobs, schools, certain professional licensing and other life opportunities. With a criminal record, you can lose out on jobs that you need to support yourself and your family. If you want to go to school, you could lose a financial aid package because of your record. You might even receive word that you’re not welcome to volunteer at your child’s school or with another civic organization. In some cases, a criminal conviction prevents you from voting or carrying a firearm.
At Haveson and Otis, we can help you by making an application to the Court to expunge your record. When your record is expunged, your arrest and conviction is removed from the records and anyone seeking information on whether you have a criminal record would be told that you do not. In fact, you will be able to swear in an affidavit that you have never been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense, except in certain situations like when you are applying for a job in law enforcement or the judiciary or in certain situations relating to immigration and citizenship.
What you can do
The good news is that if you have a criminal conviction, there may be things that you can do to clear up your criminal record. This process is called expungement. Expungements occur when the State of New Jersey agrees to make a criminal conviction non-public. That means when someone does a background search on you, they can’t see any records of any criminal offenses that you’ve received expungements for.
Why work with an attorney
The process to seek an expungement of your criminal conviction can be complicated and frustrating. The rules for expungements are strict, and you have to follow them perfectly. At Haveson and Otis, we start by reviewing your case thoroughly to see if you’re eligible to have your criminal conviction made non-public. The rules for what convictions qualify are quite strict. We give you honest advice and our unbiased opinion about whether you qualify for an expungement.
If you qualify, we help you navigate the process. There are a lot of steps to complete. You have to collect a lot of different pieces of documentation. All of this must be done with precision, and you must meet strict deadlines at every step in the case.
An attorney gives you expert guidance
At Haveson and Otis, we guide you all the way through the process. We help you understand what needs to happen in your case. We make sure that you meet deadlines at each stage. Our attorneys give your case top priority, and we can turnaround paperwork in as little as a day. That way, you stay on track to have your expungements completed as quickly as possible.
When you hire us, we help you file an outstanding expungement petition for a Superior Court judge to review. We make sure that you pay the filing fee and file all of the necessary supporting documents. Our team makes sure that your case is handled with precision.
Are you eligible?
In New Jersey, you can only clear criminal records that occurred in the State of New Jersey. We can address both juvenile and adult records. Your eligibility depends on how much time has passed since your sentence. Motor vehicle convictions are not eligible.
If you have a criminal charge that never resulted in a conviction, you might be eligible to apply for an expungement immediately. In cases where you benefited from a diversionary program or received a conditional discharge, you have a six-month waiting period before you can ask for your expungements.
Pass your next background check
As you can tell, the expungement process is complicated. It can take as many as sixty days for the State of New Jersey to process the paperwork and schedule a hearing, so it’s our goal to do our part to streamline the process. When you work with our expert team at Haveson and Otis, we work to complete the process as quickly as possible. Call us today at 609-921-0090 or contact us online to arrange for a no-obligation consultation in your case. We look forward to meeting you.
Call us or contact us online to discuss whether you are eligible to have your record expunged.
The law firm of Haveson and Otis is conveniently located in Princeton and serves clients in Mercer County and throughout the state of New Jersey.