NEW JERSEY JUVENILE EXPUNGEMENT
Essex County Clearing Record Law Firm
Teenagers and young adults are notorious for making bad decisions. As parents, we seek to protect our children from life-altering mistakes by setting curfews and house rules. However, some teenagers seek ways to rebel, and before you know it, you are receiving a phone call from the local police station. Before agonizing how your child’s life will forever be affected by a juvenile adjudication of criminal mischief or simple assault, consider the possibility of seeking a juvenile expungement. The attorneys of Maynard Law Office, LLC in Morristown, New Jersey can review the matter and determine eligibility.
A juvenile’s eligibility requirements are similar to that of an adult. He or she may expunge one offense that would constitute a crime if it were committed as an adult 10 years after the adjudication or completion of supervisory treatment, detention or payment of fines. If the offense would constitute a disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense, the statutory time bar is 5 years, and 2 years for a municipal ordinance.
The distinguishing factor between a juvenile and adult expungement is that an entire juvenile record can be expunged if five years have passed since the adjudication or release from legal custody or supervision; and the person has not been convicted of a crime, disorderly or petty disorderly offense or adjudicated delinquent within the past five years; and the person does not have any pending charges.
If you are an adult and wish to expunge both your adult and juvenile record, you must expunge your juvenile record first. Expunging an adult record prior to the juvenile record will lead to a denial of your juvenile petition. Also, participation in a supervisory treatment program that lead to a dismissal of adult criminal charges, such as Pretrial Intervention, disqualifies you from a juvenile expungement.
Passaic County Juvenile Crimes Attorney
At the juvenile crimes law office of Maynard Law Office, LLC, we approach each matter with an open mind. The New Jersey statutes can be confusing, and at first glance, you may think you are ineligible. To verify, you should contact an experienced attorney who can review the details of your case. There may be defenses and arguments as to why you qualify that may not be obvious. Schedule a free consultation to discuss expunging you criminal record either online or call 973-540-0054.