In New Jersey the definition of Expungement is: With some exception, the extraction and isolation of all records on file within any court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or criminal justice agency concerning a person’s detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of an offense within the criminal justice system.
Expunged records shall include complaints, warrants, arrests, commitments, processing records, fingerprints, photographs, index cards, “rap sheets” and judicial docket records.
With some exceptions, if an order of expungement is granted, the arrest, conviction and any proceedings related thereto shall be deemed not to have occurred, and the petitioner may answer any questions relating to their occurrence accordingly.
Expungement of a criminal conviction is an excellent way to put the past behind you and close a chapter on a past mistake. With an expungement of the record, a person can go forward with their life without being haunted by a prior conviction or having to disclose a criminal record. Expungements can provide a clean slate, piece of mind, and the freedom to pursue career opportunities that may not have been available with a criminal record.
Even if your criminal charge was dismissed or you were found not guilty of the charge, the record of your arrest and the charges filed against you are still available for inspection by the public. An expungement of dismissed charges can remove the cloud of suspicion resulting from these records.
Indictable offenses (Crimes or Felonies), Disorderly Persons Offenses, Petty Disorderly Persons Offenses, Local Ordinances and Juvenile Records may be Expungeable. Depending on the individual circumstances, some offenses may not be expunged. If you are interested in expunging your criminal records, you are encouraged to call now for a free/no obligation consultation during which Mr. Galdo will discuss your case and explain the process involved in completing the expungement.