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How convictions can be removed from your record

When you have a criminal conviction on your record, you may find that it affects diverse areas of your life, such as your ability to find a job and housing. In some cases, a conviction can be expunged from your record. At the Law Offices of Michael T. Nolan, Jr., we understand that it is important for you to understand this process.

FindLaw says that having your record expunged means that your conviction is legally erased. Your criminal record and the specific conviction are usually considered, as well as how long it has been since you were convicted. While you may think this is the same thing as having your record sealed, this is not the case. Employers can usually still see a criminal conviction when your records are sealed. Once an expungement takes place, universities and employers typically do not see the expunged offense when performing background checks. Additionally, you can omit the conviction when you apply for jobs.

While expungement removes a conviction from your record, some people may still be able to access this information. Law enforcement and government agencies usually are able to see your entire record, including the offense which was expunged. Additionally, your expunged conviction may sometimes be taken into account if you commit another crime.

Sometimes there are limits on the kinds of crimes which can be expunged. Offenses such as perjury and kidnapping usually cannot be removed from your record, and criminal and sexual assault convictions typically stay on your record as well. Robbery and homicide are other crimes which are generally not expunged in New Jersey. More information about the removal of an offense can be found on our webpage.

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