Can I remove a sex crime conviction from my permanent record?
A criminal record can affect your ability to get a job, secure housing, adopt a child, or do any number of things in the future. Moreover, your record will appear on a criminal background check and will likely be accessible to anyone with a computer. The good news is that NJ law may provide you with an opportunity to essentially “remove” the conviction from your record through a process known as expungement. However, there are many restrictions on your ability to expunge a sex crime conviction from your permanent record. While disorderly persons offenses can be expunged relatively easily, a person convicted of an indictable felony must wait at least five years before petitioning for an expungement. Moreover, certain serious sex offenses, such as aggravated sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct, are ineligible for expungement.
Keep in mind that even if you cannot expunge your sex crime conviction, you may still be able to petition for removal from Megan’s Law sex offender registration requirements in NJ. Depending on the circumstances of your case and conviction, it might be possible to file for an appeal to either reclassify your Megan’s Law status or to get you removed entirely.
Free Consultation with Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer John Tumelty About Sex Crime Charges in Atlantic City, NJ
Don’t let a sex crime allegation ruin your life. If you’ve been charged with sexual assault, rape, criminal sexual contact, or any other sex offense in New Jersey, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney who understands the NJ criminal justice system and who knows how to help you beat your charges.
John W. Tumelty is a former state and county prosecutor who now represents clients charged with felony sex offenses in superior courts across South Jersey, including courtrooms in Atlantic County and Cape May County, NJ. He will handle your case with discretion and protect your freedom, your livelihood, and your reputation. Contact him today to explore your options.