When you are arrested but the charges are dismissed or you plead guilty and complete any sentence the court imposes, the arrest and conviction will still show on your record unless you have your criminal record expunged. Expungements are a necessity if you want to have a clean record check when you apply for a job and want to move forward with your life especially in Flemington, New Jersey. Once your record is expunged, you can answer a job application question with “No” if it asks if you have ever been convicted of a crime. An expungement is an invaluable tool that most people don’t utilize and allows them to have a clean criminal record. Having an experienced record expungements attorney helps make the process smoother.
How does an expungement work in Flemington, New Jersey?
The Law Offices of Jenna Casper Bloom will schedule a brief consultation with you to determine if you are eligible for one of the many expungements listed below. Once it is determined if you can have your record expunged, Jenna Casper Bloom will begin compiling the necessary information about your arrest and conviction. Next, Jenna Casper Bloom will file paperwork with the court requesting an expungement. Once the court sets a hearing date, Jenna Casper Bloom will notify the necessary agencies that you are applying for an expungement. This allows the agencies to object to the expungement if need be. If no one objects, then the court will expunge your record at the hearing which you may not have to even attend. After that, Jenna Casper Bloom with notify the same agencies to clear the arrest and conviction from your record. Your criminal record is clean after this point and you can move forward with your life.
What types of expungements are there in Flemington, New Jersey?
- Drug Court Expungement
- If you participated in and successfully completed the drug court program, you are eligible to have all your convictions and arrests expunged.
- Clean Slate Expungement
- If your last conviction, payment of fine, satisfactory completion of probation or parole, or release from prison or jail was ten years ago or later, you are eligible to have entire record expunged, provided you have not be convicted of one of the crimes listed below.
- Young Drug Offender Expungement
- If a person is younger than the age of twenty-one when they committed the offense, then you are eligible for an expungement one year after the conviction or successful completion of probation, or discharge from custody.
- Marijuana Conviction Expungement
- This allows for the expedited expungement of most marijuana offenses.
- Juvenile Expungement
- A juvenile record can be expunged three years after sentencing has been completed and all fines have been paid.
- Dismissed Cases Expungement
- If the case is dismissed, you are eligible for an expediated expungement that can happen immediately when you are in the courtroom.
- Arrests Expungement
- Arrests can be expunged immediately.
As demonstrated above, there are a lot of options available for an expungement and it is crucial that the attorney you hire can handle the right expungement for you. Jenna Casper Bloom is that attorney.
Some arrests and convictions can be expunged immediately while others involve a waiting period where you cannot be convicted of another crime during that waiting period. The waiting periods are as follows:
Waiting periods involved for when you can apply for an expungement:
- 5 years
- Indictable convictions and up to three disorderly person offense
- Juvenile delinquency adjudications
- Up to five disorderly persons offenses
- 4 years
- Indictable convictions where a compelling circumstance can be shown
- Three years
- Entire Juvenile record
- Certain Marijuana Offenses
- Up to five disorderly persons offense if compelling circumstances can be shown
- Two years
- Municipal Ordinance
- One year
- Certain Drug Offenses for Young Offenders
- Six months
- Supervised Treatment Program
- Conditional Discharge
- Pretrial Intervention
- Conditional Dismissal
- Other diversion programs
- Arrests not resulting in a conviction
- Certain Marijuana Offenses
- Completion of Drug Court
While most crimes and arrests do qualify for an expungement, not every crime can be expunged. Below is the list of crimes that cannot be expunged in the state of New Jersey.
What crimes don’t qualify for an expungement in Flemington, New Jersey:
- Criminal Homicide
- Luring or Enticing a Minor
- Human Trafficking
- Sexual Assault
- Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact
- Endangering the Welfare of a Child
- Perjury and False Swearing
- Producing or Possessing Chemical Weapons
- Abuse of Public Office
- Certain convictions prior to 1979
As mentioned above, you apply for an expungement, certain state and county offices have to be notified that you are applying for a clean criminal record. The ones that have to be notified are:
- Superior Court of New Jersey
- The Attorney General of the State of New Jersey
- The Superintendent of the State Police, Expungement Unit
- The Mercer, Hunterdon, or other county prosecutor
- The court clerk if it was heard in municipal court
- The Chief of Police in the town or municipality where the arrest occurred
- The warden or administrator if you were incarcerated
- State Grand Jury if they were involved in your case
- The probation department if there was a conditional discharge, conditional dismissal, or pretrial intervention involvement
Once your case is expunged, then your criminal recorded with be cleared. Additionally, any criminal background check that is done will not show that an arrest or conviction occurred. By having a clean record, you will have advantages in your life that others don’t.
Benefits from an expungement in Flemington, New Jersey:
- Clean Criminal Record
- More Employment Opportunities
- More Housing Opportunities
- Access to gun ownership
- A sense of closure
Regain Your Life – Get An Expungement
Jenna Casper Bloom has over fourteen years experience handling all criminal matters including thefts, drug offenses, weapons offenses, sexual assault, aggravated assault, domestic violence, Megan’s Law offenses, Graves Act, DWI/DUI, traffic tickets, Pre-trial intervention, gun cases, marijuana charges, and expungements. She has handled cases from all stages and hearings including motions to suppress, Miranda hearings and has extensive trial experience. She provides an aggressive defense for any crime that one is charged with which results in her clients receiving favorable outcomes. Additionally, many times Jenna Casper Bloom gets cases dismissed for her client or plead guilty to a lesser offense. She has also argued probation and parole violation hearings which resulted in her clients being able to stay on probation or parole and not return to prison. She especially has experience with detention hearings, allowing her clients to be released pending their trial instead of languishing in jail.
If you can be charged with the crime, Jenna Casper Bloom has experience in defending it. She practices in Mercer County, Hunterdon County, Warren County, and Somerset County as well as in the towns of Trenton, Flemington, Clinton, Raritan, Annandale, Union, Pennington, East Amwell, West Amwell, Lawrenceville, Ewing, and Princeton.
Jenna Casper Bloom will treat you as the person you are, not the crime you have been charged with. Contact her today for a free consultation.