When you get arrested, you will get an arrest record.
If you are convicted, then you will have an arrest and a conviction on your record.
Your record may include the criminal complaint, your mugshot, your fingerprints and the ultimate outcome of your case.
In the digital age, you can expect that your records will be archived and maintained accurately. (Without paper records, files never get lost)
Getting your “criminal record expunged” involves a lengthy legal process.
Once all of your paperwork has been submitted, the judge will sign an order that tells the FBI and New Jersey State Police to remove it.
Yes, it’s like it never happened.
At this stage in your life, you can legally state that you’ve never been arrested.
Of course, a few exceptions apply. (See below)
If you were an employer, wouldn’t you want to see your employees criminal record?
After all, employers have rights too!
If your records have been “expunged” then your employer won’t see them at all!
An expungement is society’s way of giving you a “second chance”.
You made a mistake but we’ve all made mistakes.
“Those of you without sin cast the first stone.”
Once your criminal records have been expunged, you do not need to tell your employer or potential employer about your past mistake.
If your records have been expunged, you can apply to become any of the following:
If you are pursuing a career in law enforcement, department of corrections, or the judiciary, your past will come up.
Remember this: after the court expunges the record, it no longer exists for applications for admission to a school or a professional organization, the expungement is effective. (Does not apply for law school or state bar examiners)
There are six scenarios where getting your records expunged won’t work.
In other words, even if you successfully expunge your arrest/conviction, it will still show up on a background check.
Please be aware beforehand that if you are applying for certain jobs or for an immigration benefit, your criminal record will still be available.
We’ve listed the scenarios below.
Of course, you can!
The issue is very simple.
Even you got your records expunged and applied to become a police officer, you would have to admit your prior arrests and/or convictions.
The worst thing to do is to lie about your past.
Police departments value honest people and integrity above all.
The right thing to do is to tell the truth and explain that everything was expunged.
Remember, your application will be looked at in its entirety, not just the mistakes of your past.