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Welcome to the New Jersey Expungeatorium™
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Are you applying to nursing school? Would you like to be a teacher? Drive a school bus? Be a school crossing guard? Are you seeking a New Jersey firearms identification card? Perhaps you want to adopt a child or be a foster parent, or coach a Little League® baseball team. Maybe you're looking for a job in securities, or at Home Depot. Maybe you're just looking for a job, period. Any job. Were you ever charged with shoplifting? Or busted over a little weed? Are any felony convictions, or even just arrests, on your record?
Expungement (or expunction) in New Jersey is the isolation of a criminal record. The actual record is not literally “erased.” Expungement does, however, erase many civil disabilities that convictions bring. Thus citizens whose criminal record has been expunged again become eligible to vote. They qualify for jury service and do not even have to mention they were ever arrested, or charged with an offense. Statutory firearms disqualifications are removed. And expunged records become generally not available from government sources. So in that sense, these records are erased from the sight of people doing public records searches through the courts, through the police, and even through the FBI.
Why Have Your NJ Record Expunged?
Who steals my purse steals trash; 'tis something, nothing;
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been slave to thousands;
But he that filches from me my good name
Robs me of that which not enriches him,
And makes me poor indeed.
Othello Act 3, scene 3, 155-161
A clean criminal record is an asset. A very important asset. It often determines whether an applicant gets a particular job. Getting a criminal record expunged sometimes determines whether a person who already has a particular job can keep that job, or advance in the organization. It can also affect decisions of professional licensing boards. In our increasingly uptight society, criminal record checks are required of nurses, volunteer sports coaches, day care center workers, persons seeking to be foster parents, or adopt children, applicants for a firearms permit, and persons applying for school positions, to name but a few. Expungements enable an applicant to avoid unpleasant consequences of past situations. Increasingly, even prosecutors recognize that expungements for the individuals they once helped convict further the best interests of society as a whole.
Another benefit is psychological. The weight of the past is lifted from the shoulders of the person whose record was previously saddled with this blemish. As former client M.D. put it, "It's a new beginning."
When Should I Expunge My New Jersey Arrest and Conviction Record?A Chinese proverb tells us, “The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.” That wisdom applies to expungements. If you have matters that can be expunged now, important reasons exist to not wait:
- The sooner you seek and obtain your expungement, the sooner you will start enjoying its benefits;
- Expungements in New Jersey are presently taking a very long time to obtain. When the need arises to have your records expunged, you will be unable to obtain that expungement as quickly as needed;
- Expungement laws change. These changes can affect eligibility. What you can expunge today, changes in New Jersey law may prevent you from expunging a year from now;
- Factors other than changes in the law can also prevent you from obtaining an expungement. For example, you may be charged wtih a new offense. You may be totally innocent of that new charge. Regardless, your record of arrests cannot be expunged while that new charge remains pending.
What Is the New Jersey Expungeatorium™?
The New Jersey Expungeatorium™ is the web site of New Jersey expungement lawyer Allan Marain. This Expungeatorium™ provides information on expunging New Jersey records of arrests and convictions. It discusses, in much more detail, concepts touched upon on this page. It also discusses expungement of commitments, both voluntary and involuntary, to mental health facilities. The Expungeatorium™ will hopefully assist you to learn the benefits of expungement of New Jersey criminal arrests, New Jersey criminal convictions, as well as limitations on when records can be expunged, and what expungement of New Jersey records of arrests and convictions can do for you. It will answer questions like these, and many more:
- What happens to expunged records in NJ?
- Can all persons with criminal records in NJ expunge them?
- How long does it take to expunge records in NJ?
- To expunge my NJ criminal record, must I appear in court?
- What if the prosecutor objects?
- Do I need to hire one of the New Jersey expungement lawyers?
If you would like to expunge your NJ criminal or mental health commitment record, Allan Marain can help.
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