How To Obtain Your History of Arrests and Convictions

Expungement 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 any of the other forty-nine states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and 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:
  • Use 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, do the fingerprinting, and submit the criminal history requests to the FBI. Their fee is in the neighborhood of $50.00. The criminal history is typically returned in a week or less. 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, select “For Personal Reasons”,  not  “For Expungement”.
     
  • 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 a processing fee of $350.00 to do this. However, if you thereafter use the services of Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ to seek an expungement, Expungement Lawyers in New Jersey™ gives you a full 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.
After jumping through all these hoops, the information that you obtain may still be incomplete. (We never told you it would be simple.) For example, the procedures described above sometimes omit juvenile records, and records of events in municipal courts. Municipal court history is most likely to be omitted when fingerprinting was not done during processing. Where juvenile records exist, pertinent information can be obtained from the courts directly. Municipal court records can usually be obtained from the municipal courts themselves. Even though information is omitted from State Police or FBI records, prosecutors will nonetheless object to the expungement when they find the information elsewhere.

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