of Cook & Associates Law Firm are dedicated to

help you expunge criminal records quickly and safely

29 Essex Street, Millburn, NJ 07041

Tel: 973-763-5668
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What is Expungement?

Expungement refers to a legal process of sealing criminal record.

How does Expungement Work?

Expungement will usually require a lawyer to draft a motion (a formal legal document asking the court to take a particular action) and file it with the court. A court order to seal your criminal record will be issued if the court was convinced that you have led an honest and upright life, and the interests of justice would be served by granting the expungment request. After the expungment, most employors won't be able to see your conviction record anymore and your record in the "NCIC" ( National Crime Information Center) database will also be expunged.

The laws pertaining to expungement of arrests and convictions vary from state to state. So it is critical that you consult with a lawyer that knows the expungement law in your jurisdiction.

Cook & Associates Law Firm specializes in expungement cases in New Jersey. You're invited to call us at (973) 763-5668 for a free initial consultation.

Please note that we only accept cases where the conviction occurred in New Jersey Municipal or State Courts. We do not offer services for Federal Cases, Cases with a sentence to State Prison, or Pardons.

Why Expungement?

Jersey citizens from all walks of life have been arrested for criminal, disorderly, and municipal ordinance offenses. They may include your family, friends, or neighbors. The NJ State Police have created and maintain a database of all arrests and convictions regardless of the numbers that have passed. The NJ State Police pass on such information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) for inclusion in the FBI’s database known as the National Crime Information Center (“ NCIC”).

The NCIC database allows a New Jersey conviction to follow you wherever you go in the US. For example, a New Jersey conviction will “follow” you to California (or anywhere else in the US ) once the conviction has been passed onto the FBI and placed in the NCIC database.

Heightened Security Since 9/11

Since 9/11, security background checks have become an increasingly common part of everyday life and employment. Employers are now performing these background checks not only on new employment applicants, but also on existing employees. This huge surge in the volume of background checks has caused many ordinary people, who have felt comfortable and secure with their niche in the workplace, to lose their jobs as a result of this new heightened workplace security. Many individuals, including those who have been gainfully employed for long period of time, have lost their jobs after background checks revealed some form of criminal record.

Expungement of a criminal conviction is an excellent way to close a chapter on a past mistake. Rember, conviction records don't automatically go away with the passage of time. People, even with minor conviction, have to take actions in order to expunge the records. New Jersey Law Frequently Allows the Expungement of Arrest, Conviction or Incarceration Impact of Background Checks.

Expungement of a criminal record has many benefits, especially with the ability to deny a conviction when asked by a potential employer. Once relief has been granted, you can honestly answer "no" to a question regarding criminal convictions in many circumstances. In addition, no arrest or conviction shows up if a potential employer, educational institution, or government agency conducts a background search of an individual's public records.

Don't let your past mistake haunt you...

Take actions today to get your peace of mind.

We provide a FREE initial consultation in order to assess your situation and provide you with further information. Please call us at (973) 763-5668 to schedule a FREE initial consultation. An experienced attorney will give you insightful legal opinions.

We can expunge your criminal conviction by petitioning the New Jersey Superior Court to expunge your record, including arrest, indictment, conviction, or incarceration.

Expungement is a focus of our practice. Our fees are always competitive because we emphasize and focus on expungement law. As a result, we are more efficient and are generally able to provide a faster turn-around.

We will endeavor to make your expungement as speedy as possible. The procedure typically takes from 12 to 26 weeks (and sometimes longer) depending upon the Court, the complexity of the case, and how old the conviction is.