Even if you expunge your record in 10
years, it still may be used against you in
getting a job, increase your insurance
rates and damage your credit.
Your best defense is to hire the best
attorney and never get convicted!

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  Most people think that an expungement is the elimination of your criminal record for   
  Shoplifting.  WRONG!   

  An Expungement in the State of New Jersey is merely:  
  "the extraction and isolation of all records within the court, detention or correctional facility, law enforcement or
  criminal justice agency concerning a person's detection, apprehension, arrest, detention, trial or disposition of
  all offenses within the criminal justice system."  N.J.S. 2C:52-1(a)

  An expungement is not the elimination of your criminal record, or the erasing of your sentence such as jail,
  community service or fines.   

  An Expungement does not affect previously published public records which may appear in newspapers and
  on internet sites and criminal record databases. (Example: Many police departments have websites listing the arrests for the day)

   An Expungement does not destroy the record of your criminal conviction held by private companies or
   individuals or the government only the official record is "Sealed"

   Furthermore, law enforcement, immigration and most government agencies and court personnel will still be able
   to access the records of your shoplifting arrest, conviction and sentence.  Even with an expungement you may
   still continue to suffer the costly  consequences of a shoplifting conviction  
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39 Milltown Rd. 2nd Floor, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
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   First you must qualify for an expungement.  In general the qualifications are:
   1) It must be an offense which can be expunged (most but not all NJ Shoplifting offenses can be expunged)
   2) You must complete all parts of your sentence including: Jail Time, Community Service and Payment of all fines
   3) You must wait the required amount of time once all jail time, probation, community service and fines are paid
   to get the expungement: Waiting Time:  5 years for a disorderly person offense (shoplifting under $200.00)
   and 10 years for a shoplifting/theft conviction over $200.00 since this is a felony charge unless you can prove
   to the judge it is in the public interest  in which case the waiting period is only 5 years to apply
   4) Your expungement must be approved by a superior court judge. (the order of expungement is not automatic
   and a judge may deny it based on the circumstances of your case and past record)
   5) Pay the filing fee to the court to apply for the expungement.
   Assuming you meet the four qualifications above in most cases after 5 or 10 years your criminal record can be
   expunged by making an application to the Superior Court of NJ.   An early pathway exists for 3 years for
   disorderly persons offenses, but is rarely given.

  For many people an order of expungement is worthless.

   Why? Because unlike some other states NJ does not erase the criminal record, they merely seal the record as of
   the date of the order of expungement.  Because most employers, individuals and insurance companies know
fact they do not use the NJ or FBI criminal record database to search for current criminal records
   and instead use third party providers.    

   Most employers and individuals use companies which independently search the public records through
   either search engines, newspapers or private company databases.  Over 25 of these companies exist today
   charging employers and individuals from $5.00  to over $50.00 for a search.  When you are arrested for a
   criminal offense your name, address and offense charged becomes a public record (the only exceptions are
   crimes committed by minors).

   Companies today use Internet criminal record checks as a way of saving money.  By far this is much cheaper
   than sending someone down to the local county and federal court houses to search the public records.
   Remember court records are open to the public that is why you will hear about a celebrity being arrested the
   next day.  Private companies all over the country collect criminal history and other personal information
   from these public court records. These companies store that information on their own computers and thus in
   most cases are not required by law to update these records to include your expungement.

   In the normal course of business, no one informs these companies when a record is expunged. The courts do
   not even keep track of who has searched their records. Therefore the information that those companies
   previously stored can still be reported, not by the court, and not by New Jersey State Police or the FBI, but by
   these private companies. This exact situation was discussed in depth in an article in The New York Times, The
   Wall Street Journal and the New Jersey Lawyer.

   There is no complete solution to this problem.  Thus, with the rise of the Internet search engines and
   independent public document search companies such as the LexisNexis® Retail Theft Contributory Database
   indexing all shoplifting arrests and conviction. An expungement today is not a guarantee that you criminal
   conviction wont be used against you in the future when you apply for a job, benefits, or even car insurance.  
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An Expungment Can Be Very Expensive and Cost More Than Even Your
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   If you are reading this page you probably already lost your case.  Choosing the wrong attorney a 2nd
Time should not be an option.  Those firms that offer expungments for $500 or $1000 dollars do not care
    about your case, in most cases you just become another file number. Win or lose the lawyer always gets
    paid. Don't fall as a victim another time for a low price and a lousy result.  The price in any criminal case
    should always be secondary to getting the best representation.  Don't lose again, get the best defense
    possible. Representation for expungment matters in NJ by Attorney H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., starts at
    $5000.00 on a set fee and hourly fees are also available.  Call now for a free in office consultation to
    discuss your case, options and chances of winning.