Expungement vs DismissalIn New Jersey, a crime conviction can be expunged, which is the only way to truly clear it from your record. A dismissal, on the other hand, may lull you into thinking the issue has been taken care of, but it doesn’t necessarily remove the charge from your record. It’s in your best interest to get your dismissal expunged, and if expungement isn’t a possibility, that dismissal will remain on your record.

New Jersey Expungements

In New Jersey, it’s possible to obtain an expungement for a criminal offense. For example, if you’re a first-time offender charged with possession of marijuana, you may be able to obtain a conditional discharge, which will identify that you weren’t convicted. The charge, however, will remain on your record. To resolve this issue, you can seek an expungement motion, which could remove the charge from your record altogether.

New Jersey DWIs Are Different

In New Jersey, DWIs are traffic offenses – not criminal offenses – and, therefore, can’t be expunged. If you are arrested or charged with a NJ DWI but aren’t convicted, you may be able to have the record sealed, which can help keep your record clean.

The Expungement Process

If you’re convicted of a minor offense, you’ll probably have to wait at least two years before you can begin the expungement process. If your case goes through a dismissal, on the other hand, you can begin the expungement process immediately. The process begins with an expungement motion that an experienced New Jersey expungement attorney will help you file before guiding you through the process of expunging your record of a potentially damaging conviction or dismissal.

Marks Against Your Record

When your record takes a hit with a conviction, it can affect your life in surprisingly negative ways. These effects can include missed job opportunities, soured relationships, and diminished educational options. Never underestimate the effect that a conviction can have on your record; expungement may be the answer.

If You’re Interested in Learning More about Expungement, Call 732-238-8686 Today

If your record is marred by a minor criminal conviction or a dismissal, you can do something about it. Your record matters, and David C. Barry, Attorney at Law, is here to help. Attorney David C. Barry has the experience, skill, and dedication to help you get your expungable conviction removed from your record. A clean record can give you a new lease on life, so get started by contacting or calling David today at 732-238-8686.