Bergen County Expungements Attorney
Serving Clients in Passaic County, Bergen County and Throughout New Jersey
A criminal record can have negative consequences that can follow you for the rest of your life. Even a record of arrest with no subsequent conviction can impact your employment opportunities, affect your eligibility for certain loans and have other negative results. At The Law Offices of Susan S. Long, our Bergen County expungements lawyer may be able to help you clear your record and get a fresh start in life.
A past mistake should not follow you around forever. We will take a close look at your situation and let you know whether or not it is possible to seal your criminal record from public view.
Sealing Criminal Records in New Jersey
A successful expungement has the effect of sealing certain criminal complaints, records of past arrests and criminal convictions from public view. Even if you are arrested and later acquitted of all criminal charges, you will still be considered to have a criminal record which will be available to employers, landlords, insurance providers and any other member of the general public. In addition, anytime you are asked on a job or a lease application if you have been arrested for a crime, you are legally bound to answer “yes.”
If you are eligible for an expungement, your record will be sealed and you no longer have to disclose whether you were arrested or convicted of a crime. However, in certain cases your record will still be visible to some parties, such as government agencies.
Crimes That Are Eligible for Expungement
The types of crimes that are eligible for expungement are limited. Only first-time offenses may be expunged, and felony charges are not eligible. Other charges, such as drunk driving, may not be expunged either. In some cases, you may have to wait between six months to a year after the disposition of your case to apply for an expungement.
When we meet with you, we will explore all of the options available for limiting the damage that comes with a criminal record. In every case, you can expect personalized service that is designed to answer all of your questions while we help guide you through this process.
To See if You Can Clear Your Record in Passaic County, Contact Our Lawyer
If you have a criminal record in Passaic County or anywhere else in New Jersey, we may be able to help put a past mistake behind you. Contact our Bergen County expungements attorney online or call 201-749-5418 for a free initial consultation. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request.