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Being arrested and charged with a criminal offense leaves a permanent record that can show up on employment and housing background checks. This record exists regardless if there was a conviction associated with the arrest. At Aretsky Law Group, P.C., in Bergen County, New Jersey, we have significant experience helping people get arrest records and some criminal convictions expunged.Experienced New Jersey Expungement Attorneys
An expungement is not a pardon. However, under most circumstances it does allow a person to legally say that they have never been arrested or convicted of the expunged offense. Our lawyers have significant experience handling expungement petitions. We work with people who have been arrested and found innocent, as well as people convicted of municipal ordinances and certain misdemeanors and felonies.
An expungement can take four months or more to move through the court. In addition, there is a waiting period before any expungement petition related to a conviction can be filed:
- Six months for an offense involving a conditional discharge program
- Two years for a violation of a municipal ordinance
- Five years after a misdemeanor conviction that is eligible for expungement
- Ten years after a felony conviction that is eligible for expungement
New Jersey only allows criminal records to be expunged once. Therefore, in some cases, expungement may not be the practical approach. Our expungement lawyers take the time to sit down with out clients and understand their situation. We can let people know whether a New Jersey criminal record can be expunged and help them determine whether it is a prudent course of action. Our attorneys are committed to helping people move away from their past and move on with their lives.Contact Our New Jersey Expungement Lawyers
If you have been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense and have questions about getting records expunged, please contact or call 201-996-0234 the criminal defense lawyers at Aretsky Law Group, P.C.. We have offices located in Ridgewood, New Jersey and can be reached by phone, e-mail, or by filling out the in-take form on our contact page.