While juvenile records are typically sealed from public view (except for a few certain exceptions), many individuals with a juvenile criminal history will want to have these records expunged. The reason can be for employment, education or other personal reasons. Contrary to common expectation, the process of completing an expungement of your juvenile or adult record is lengthy. Regardless of how quickly you submit your documents, the State will afford the interested parties (state law enforcement agencies) ample time to review and reject to your application (should they desire). Therefore, it is critically important that the initial application be error-free so that it is not denied based on incorrect or missing information. If you would like to have an expungement of your juvenile records, please contact our office directly today at (609) 850-8284. Firm Partner, William C. Fay, IV, Esq., is a former NJ Deputy Attorney General who has handled hundreds or expungements throughout his career. Call today for a complimentary and immediate consultation.
How Do I Get My Juvenile Records Expunged?
Assuming you are even eligible to file for an expungement of your juvenile records, the process for filing an expungement is very fact-specific and onerous. The process alone takes multiple months before completion and any error in the application will result in the denial of your petition and requirement for re-filing (which will start the entire waiting period anew). The documents must be filed in the county of the most recent offense and include the Petition, Statements, Certified Disposition/Judgement of Conviction, Notice to six (6) State agencies, Proposed Order of Expungement and Proof of Service. Even after you have drafted, signed and submitted these documents, the State has to ability to object to your expungement request. If an objection is made, then a formal hearing date will be scheduled with the Superior Court. If you have no experience filing these types of documents, then it is recommended that you contact and consult with an experienced Expungement Attorney in New Jersey.
Can I Get an Expungement For Juvenile Offenses?
To be eligible for an expungement of your juvenile records, we must assess a few factors first. Specifically:
Have three (3) years elapsed from the date of conviction or release from supervision (whichever is latter)?
Have you remained arrest or conviction free since the juvenile offense?
What were you adjudicated delinquent of as a juvenile?
Did your juvenile charges involve a first, second, third or fourth degree offense?
Have you ever had an adult record expunged?
Did you ever complete Pretrial Intervention, Conditional Dismissal or Conditional Discharge as an adult?
Juvenile Defense Lawyers in Evesham NJ
While a juvenile’s social, medical, psychological, legal and other records of the Court, Probation Division and law enforcement agencies involving delinquency are strictly safeguarded from public inspection, they can be made available in certain instances. However, if your juvenile offense involved a first, second or third degree offense, damage to property in excess of $500.00 or aggravated assault, then such records will generally be made available. If you or your child would like to file for an expungement of their juvenile records, it is important to first determine if you are eligible. If so, then the actual Petition and Statement must be drafted swiftly to avoid delay. For an immediate and complimentary consultation with an attorney regarding a Petition for Expungement of Juvenile Records in New Jersey, please call (609) 850-8284.
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