If you have recently been charged with a crime, you must reach out to an experienced New Jersey criminal defense attorney as soon as you can to help ensure you do not obtain a criminal record. Please continue reading to learn more about criminal records, how having one can affect you, and how our firm can help. Here are some of the questions you may have:
What are the consequences of a criminal record in New Jersey?
If you are convicted of a crime, you will obtain a criminal record. Unfortunately, in some cases, a criminal record is even more devastating than any jail time or fines you may face. This is because generally, a criminal record is permanent, and will follow you for the rest of your life. For example, if you have a criminal record, you will most likely have to check “yes” on job applications where you are asked if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. If you select “no,” you can bet the company will run a background check regardless, which will almost definitely disqualify you from the job.
In other cases, your criminal record will be made public, especially if you were convicted of a sex crime and have to register as a sex offender. This can prevent you from living in certain places and from taking out certain loans. If you are an immigrant and obtain a criminal record, you may even face deportation.
How do I know if I can get my criminal record expunged in New Jersey?
If you have been convicted of a crime in New Jersey, you are most likely wondering if you can have that crime wiped off your record. Fortunately, various crimes can be expunged, particularly lower-level ones. However, if you have been convicted of a felony, for example, there is a very slim chance you can have that crime expunged off your record. That is why you should always hire an experienced attorney who can fight your charges from the start. Some of the crimes that cannot be expunged in the state of New Jersey are as follows:
- Criminal sexual contact with a minor
- False imprisonment
- False swearing
- Criminal homicide
- Endangering the welfare of a child
No matter your criminal charge, we are ready to fight it. All you have to do is ask.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
Thomas DeMarco & Associates, LLC is an experienced Camden County criminal defense law firm located in Mt. Ephraim, New Jersey. We understand how potentially damaging a criminal can be, which is why we pride ourselves in our willingness to fight for our client’s rights. Our firm handles all criminal matters and is ready to provide you with our knowledgeable legal counsel. Do not hesitate to contact our firm to discuss your legal situation.