Unfortunately nobody has a time machine in which they can travel to warn their past selves about the consequences of the crime they’re about to commit. The fact is that while you and others may regard your past offenses as ancient history, there are some convictions that can and do stay on your record forever. These convictions can severely inhibit your ability to move forward in your career as well as other areas of your life, including voting, gun ownership, getting certain types of loans and much more. Unless you take proactive measures to get your record expunged, you may be marked by these past offenses for your entire life.
Before you seek to wipe your record clean, you must determine whether you’re eligible for expungement. This requires thorough knowledge of your state’s requirements and the assistance of an experienced attorney to help you through the process. Any court process can be tricky, and trying to get your record expunged in New Jersey is even trickier. While the state’s court system is obliged to offer certain information, including the requirements to have your case heard before a judge and guidance on how to fill out your forms, they can’t offer you legal advice or help you expedite the paperwork you will need to petition the courts.
If it’s that important that you get your record expunged, you need to enlist the help of a lawyer for your best chance of success. If you’re seeking removal of a conviction from your criminal record, chances are it’s because these convictions have had very real and direct consequences on your life. This means that the stakes are too high for you to chance representing yourself in court. Talk to an attorney who can help you make sense of the process and get you the clean slate you’re looking for.
John Tumelty and his associates specialize in helping those who are haunted by their criminal past get a fresh start. If you’re looking to have your criminal record expunged, call us right now to get started.