A criminal record can severely impact you in a number of ways. Having a record can make it hard to do certain things, especially when it comes to getting a job. Luckily, expungement may be on the table. What is expungement? How can you have your record expunged? What changes have been made in 2020? Read on for more information.
Expungement means your criminal record is essentially sealed from the public. If your record is expunged, it will only be accessible to certain members of law enforcement, making it easier to live your life without a record following you. In New Jersey, many crimes but can be expunged, but it is important to note that some crimes cannot be expunged. These crimes include:
2020 has been a time of major change, especially in certain areas of the law. For example, earlier this year, we saw 68% of New Jersey residents vote in favor of marijuana legalization. In keeping with the moves toward legalization, some laws are beginning to change. For example, several marijuana-related convictions will now be considered disorderly persons offenses rather than criminal convictions when it comes to expungement.
Other changes that have been made include:
In New Jersey, the expungement process is as follows:
If you or a loved one has a criminal record and is interested in expungement, contact a criminal defense attorney today.
Kevin T. Conway is an experienced Bergen County criminal attorney handling DUI, DWI, traffic violations, violent crimes, sex crimes, illegal gun possession, shoplifting, and juvenile crimes. Attorney Conway is also experienced in commercial law matters, zoning law, and estate planning. If you need an aggressive criminal lawyer, contact The Law Office of Kevin T. Conway for a free consultation.