How To Obtain Your History of Arrests and ConvictionsExpungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ usually recommends that persons needing a copy of their arrest record obtain it from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The FBI record will provide information about events that may have occurred in New Jersey plus the other forty-nine states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and federal courts, including the United States Armed Forces. Further, it is actually easier and less expensive to obtain the fifty-state FBI record than it is to obtain a record of just New Jersey.
You can obtain a copy of your FBI record in any of three ways. All three ways will require that you be fingerprinted. Here are the three ways:
- Make an appointment with an authorized FBI “channeler.” These channelers are private companies. Numerous channelers exist, at locations throughout the United States. These channelers contract with the FBI to gather identifying information, collect the fingerprints, and submit the criminal history request to the FBI. They submit the request electronically. Their fee is in the neighborhood of $50.00.
The criminal history comes back to you typically within a week or less. It is provided by email in a .pdf file. You can then attach that file in an email to Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™. This is probably the quickest way to obtain the record. One channeler about which Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ has received positive reviews is “Fieldprint.”
Note: When asked your reason for seeking arrest and conviction history, specify “For Personal Reasons”, not “For Expungement”.
- The second way is to submit your request to the FBI yourself, not using a channeler. In order to do that, you will need for a law enforcement agency to fingerprint you on a fingerprint card acceptable to the FBI. You then submit that fingerprint card, together with a completed FBI criminal history application form to the FBI directly. An $18.00 fee must accompany the application. The payment must be by certified check, bank cashier's check, or money order. Personal checks, business checks, and cash are all unacceptable. Under “normal” circumstances, the FBI response time was formerly about six weeks. A page on the FBI web site indicates that its response time can now be up to fourteen weeks.
- The third way is for Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ to obtain the criminal history from the FBI. Under this third way, you provide Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ with your fingerprints, and the completed FBI criminal history application form, using the same forms provided by the links just above. Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ then forwards those materials to the FBI, with the indicated fee. Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ charges an investigation fee of $350.00 to do this. However, if within ninety days of obtaining the results you retain the services of Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ to seek an expungement, then Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ gives you a ninety percent credit of the $350.00 towards the expungement fee. Under this third way, Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ is merely doing for you what you can do for yourself under the second way. Thus the FBI response time is the same up to fourteen weeks as it would be under that second way.
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