What is a Petty Offense?

Petty offenses are typically minor crimes and can include civil and criminal offenses, such as public intoxication, jaywalking, pickpocketing, and prostitution. Other types of petty crimes include minor traffic violations. People should be aware that even distracted driving can be considered a petty crime in some jurisdictions. Some of these misdemeanors may not seem too concerning, but they should be taken seriously. It is important to understand that an accumulation of driving offenses can have an impact on a person’s[…] Read More

Can I Get an Expungement for Multiple Convictions?

New Jersey allows those who receive multiple convictions the opportunity to erase them or expunge them from their permanent record. The process is complicated as some convictions are eligible and others are not. A person may be able to get multiple convictions expunged, but it depends on several factors. The best way to know for sure is to reach out to an experienced lawyer who can consult with a person and go over their record to determine if they are[…] Read More

Why Do I Need a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

When a person is accused or arrested for an alleged crime, they should hire a criminal defense lawyer because that person has the experience and knowledge to best represent a defendant’s interests. They can help achieve the best possible outcome and work with prosecutors to lessen any punishments that come with a criminal conviction or a plea bargain. A criminal defense lawyer represents the rights of individuals, organizations, and companies charged with criminal activity. Their job is to advocate on[…] Read More

What is a Disorderly Conduct Charge?

Different states and municipalities have their own rules regarding disorderly conduct. Generally, disorderly conduct causes a public disturbance and could lead to criminal charges. Fighting could fall under the disorderly conduct category. More serious altercations could lead to battery or assault. Public misconduct such as intoxication is another common type of disorderly conduct. It is not uncommon for people to be charged with disorderly conduct at public gatherings as well. Peaceful protests are legal, but disruptive protests can lead to[…] Read More

When am I Eligible for Expungement?

If a person has only been indicted for one offense throughout their lifetime, they are eligible for expungement in the state of New Jersey. If a person has been indicted on two indictable offenses, they will not be eligible for expungement. Clearing up an eligible criminal record can provide benefits to a person for years. They might not think it important until they find themselves in a situation where they have to consent to a criminal background check. There are[…] Read More

New Jersey’s “Clean Slate” Law Greatly Expands Expungement Eligibility

On December 18, 2019, Governor Murphy signed Senate Bill 4154 into law.  Effective June 15, 2020, many individuals, who were previously ineligible for expungement will now be permitted to take advantage of this significant change in the law.  The Clean Slate provision permits individuals who would otherwise be ineligible to have their criminal records expunged to obtain an expungement of a crime, offense or multiple crimes and offenses after the expiration of ten years.  Specifically, the Clean Slate provision states:[…] Read More

How do I Clear my Criminal Record?

Making a mistake and receiving a criminal charge can completely change your life, and the life of your family and friends. A criminal charge can lead to expensive fines, potential jail time, the inability to vote, or the loss of your license among other things. Clearing your record is the best option for someone who needs to start a clean slate. What Are Expungement Laws? Expungement laws are helpful to those who would like to erase, seal, or limit public[…] Read More

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