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What are the Consequences of a Criminal Record in New Jersey?

Have you been convicted of a crime? If so, you may be wondering about the consequences of having a criminal record in New Jersey. Read on to learn more about the long-term effects of a record and how the process of expungement can benefit you.

How can a record impact my future?

People make mistakes. Unfortunately, some mistakes can lead to a criminal record. Having a record can impact your future in a number of ways. For example, it can make it difficult to obtain loans or housing. It can also make it harder to get a job or pursue higher education. Your criminal history can even affect your child custody options.

How can expungement help me?

Expungement laws allow a person who has been convicted of a crime in the state of New Jersey to ask the court to remove the mark from their record. Once this is done, the arrest and conviction can only be seen by certain agencies, such as federal authorities. This provides the individual with a clean slate. For example, you will not have to disclose your criminal history when applying for a job. This can create a number of opportunities for the future. 

Can all crimes be expunged?

While a number of crimes can be expunged in New Jersey, not all crimes are eligible for expungement. The following crimes cannot be expunged from your record:

  • Murder
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Sexual Assault
  • Robbery
  • Arson
  • Perjury
  • Distribution, sale, or possession with intent to distribute controlled substances

How can I have my record expunged?

In order to have your record expunged, you will need to complete the following:

  • File the Petition for Expungement, the Order for Hearing, and the Expungement Order
  • Write a cover letter detailing all of the documents the court will file
  • Distribute copies of these files to any government agency that was involved in your case
  • Attend the hearing to obtain a decision on the expungement petition

If you have any questions about having your record expunged, our firm is here to help. Reach out today to discuss your options with an experienced criminal defense attorney.


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.

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