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What is the difference between expungement and dismissal?

Many people who have been accused of and charged with a crime in New Jersey want to be able to clear their name. This is because a criminal record can affect a persons life for years and decades after the crime was committed. Acquiring an expungement or a dismissal is a very important step for those with criminal records who want to have a career and a future ahead of them.

However, many people believe that an expungement is the same as a dismissal, and this is simply not the case. As someone who has a goal of clearing one's criminal record in New Jersey, it is very important that you understand the differences between these two rulings, and the consequences of each.

The difference between an expungement and a dismissal

When you have a criminal charge dismissed, your criminal record will show that charges were brought, and they were ultimately dropped. Essentially, this means that anyone viewing your record, including future employers, will know that you were once accused of a crime. This may affect their decision-making process.

However, when you successfully go through the expungement process, you are able to completely remove all information that is related to the trial. This means that all public evidence will be destroyed, and anyone viewing your record will see nothing in relation to the accusation or incident.

How can I go about getting an expungement?

The expungement process can be a complex one. It never happens automatically, and it must be carried out by the person who wishes to have an expungement granted. In order to successfully do this, an application or petition must be completed. In many cases of a request for expungement, a court hearing is necessary. This will see the situation being explained to a judge. The judge will then decide whether to grant an expungement order.

One of the most challenging parts of the expungement process is ensuring that you have all of the necessary documents and information. If you want to clear your criminal record and get a fresh start in New Jersey, it is important to take action and begin the expungement process.

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