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NJ Expungements of Criminal Records — An Overview
Are you applying to nursing school? Would you like to be a teacher, drive a school bus, or 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. Were you ever charged with shoplifting? Or busted for smoking a joint? 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 do, 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. 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."
This is the web site of New Jersey expungement lawyer Allan Marain. This site provides information on expunging New Jersey records of arrests and convictions. It discusses, in much more detail, concepts touched upon on this page. This site 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:
If you would like to expunge your NJ criminal record, Allan Marain can help.
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