What Are Disorderly Persons Offenses?

The state designates lower level crimes as disorderly persons offenses. While the charge is not on par with the severity of a felony, a conviction can still carry harsh penalties, such as jail time and heavy fines. A disorderly persons offense means that you can be tried without facing a jury. If you are indicted, you must first be tried after a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is a prima facie case to answer or by a grand jury.[…] Read More

What Is Early Expungement?

In New Jersey, expungement is when a person who has committed a misdemeanor or felony applies to have their offense removed from their record early. Generally, a person who commits a felony must wait five years from the date they completed their sentence, including payment of fines and completion of probation, to seek expungement. Generally, a person seeking expungement of a misdemeanor must also wait five years from the date they completed their sentence. Under New Jersey’s early expungement statutes,[…] Read More

What Crimes Cannot Be Expunged in New Jersey?

Having a criminal conviction expunged means that your permanent criminal record is effectively “sealed” or erased in the eyes of the law. There are many positive reasons to have a conviction expunged. Having a criminal record can prevent you from certain types of employment, housing, education, and professional licensing opportunities. However, there are many criminal convictions in New Jersey that cannot be expunged. Before you begin the complicated process of getting a conviction expunged, you should know which convictions can[…] Read More

How Can You Recover From a DUI Charge?

Being arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) can be a traumatic experience. In a vast majority of DUI stops, it is the first time that the person has ever been arrested. It can be quite overwhelming not knowing what is going to happen and how it will affect your life. However, you do not have to go through this alone. An experienced lawyer can answer all of your questions and concerns. Fortunately, there are steps you can[…] Read More

How Does Juvenile Court Differ From Adult Court?

If your child has been charged with a crime, it is extremely important that you get them proper legal representation. You need someone who has vast experience with criminal law and the New Jersey juvenile court system. There are big differences between the adult and juvenile criminal court system. You have to understand those differences because they may have a significant impact on your child’s future. Different Terms are Used Juvenile court uses different terms than what you may be[…] Read More

How Long Does the Expungement Process Take?

  Getting a quick expungement is critical for people who are looking for a job, home, license, or looking to attend school. It is important to note that the expungement process can take some time before it is finished due to a variety of factors. When an individual files for an expungement in New Jersey, the process relies upon several variables, including: Eligibility: New Jersey has various eligibility requirements that should be met before an individual petitions for an expungement.[…] Read More

How Do I Get My Criminal Record Expunged?

If you have a criminal record, you may wonder how to get charges expunged. If you wish to undergo the expungement process, you should speak with an experienced lawyer. A lawyer can assemble your documents and prepare your petition to the court. After any waiting period is over, the lawyer will process all of your information. If there are particularities in your case, your lawyer can conduct any interviews and gather other information. The lawyer will assist in getting your[…] Read More

What Crimes can be Expunged?

There are many people who have been convicted of a crime in the past who feel they may never lead a normal life again. Fortunately, some people are eligible for expungement. Expungement removes a conviction from an individual’s criminal record, making it unavailable through state and federal repositories. However, not every crime is eligible for expungement. In New Jersey, many crimes can be expunged. However, there are some serious felonies that are not eligible for expungement, including kidnapping and human[…] Read More

What is the Expungement Process?

The expungement process is broken down into four steps. In order for this plea to run smoothly, the individual must obtain their criminal record, draft a petition for expungement, prepare for their hearing, and hopefully move on to gain a second chance. A lawyer can help with the entire expungement process. If an individual is seeking to expunge their record, they must be aware of their charges in full detail. Following that, the date and location must be known when[…] Read More

Can I Have My Juvenile Criminal Record Expunged?

Crimes committed at the age of 17 years old or younger are considered juvenile crimes, and they will be tried with the offender’s age in mind. The sentence will be appropriate for a juvenile and take into account the juvenile’s behavior and past history. Often, juvenile criminal records are sealed and can be viewed only in limited circumstances. If there is a civil action associated with the crime, that will not be sealed, and it may also be beneficial to[…] Read More

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