Can a Drug Conviction be Expunged?
Have you been arrested and convicted of a drug crime in New Jersey? Are you currently looking to have you record concealed so that you can move on with your life and find a good job? If so, you are not alone. There are many individuals who have been convicted of crimes in the past and are paying the consequences of their actions even years down the road. For this reason the option of expungement has been established to help individuals have their chance for freedom from their past after years of living with their criminal record. Though it is not for everyone, there is a possibility that your criminal offenses may be deemed as eligible for expungement by the court; and this includes those convicted of drug offenses.
Depending on the state you live in, your offense may not allow you to be eligible, though here in New Jersey there are a few ways in which you may qualify. Whether your conviction was for possession of a dangerous or controlled substance or distribution, if it is; less than 25 grams of marijuana or 5 grams of hashish, there is a possibility you may be able to have your record concealed from the public. Also, if you fall under the specific requirements of the state, you may be considered eligible for certain drug diversion programs. If this is the case, often times these programs go along with the expungement process.
It is important to recognize that having your criminal record expungement is not simple process, and it is not for everyone. The courts often require that people spend the following years after their conviction with a completely clean record before they will even consider sealing the record. If you are concerned as to whether your drug offense or any other criminal conviction is eligible for expungement, please contact The Law Offices of Benjamin G. Kelsen, Esq. LLC today for a trusted Bergen County criminal defense lawyer who can help you!