Criminal Defense And Expungements

Our Newton Attorney Keeps Your Past From Hurting Your Future

Does your stomach sink each time you fill out an application because you know you will have to answer questions concerning criminal convictions? At Orlando R. Rodriguez, Attorney At Law, we are here to help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record. We are dedicated advocates with the skills necessary to assist clients interested in building a future free of the stigma that comes with having committed a crime.

Our firm helps hundreds of clients get criminal convictions expunged from their records. We have a thorough understanding of New Jersey criminal laws and the inner workings of local, state and federal area courts, and we use our knowledge of the criminal justice system to your advantage. Trust us to diligently work for you.

Criminal Defense Partner

If you would like to have an attorney make sure your rights are protected in any type of Criminal case, you need to have a lawyer by your side that has your interests in mind and that has the experience to navigate through the situation. You want someone with you to make sure the process takes place fairly and that you have a chance to clear your name. We have broad experience with Criminal cases, including the following: 

  • DUI / DWI
  • Drug charges
  • Assault
  • Domestic Violence

What Does Expunging A Record Do?

A criminal conviction is permanently erased when a record is expunged. If you were convicted of a crime but have since had your record expunged, even the physical records of your conviction are destroyed. You are allowed to say you were not arrested, charged or accused of committing a crime. That said, you should speak to a lawyer if your record was expunged and you are considering applying for a professional license or running for office. Some rules still require you to disclose such information.

Eligibility For Expungement

Certain circumstances must exist in order for your case to even be considered for expungement. Grounds to have a conviction expunged vary on a state-by-state basis, but you may be able to have your record destroyed if:

  • The charges against you have been dismissed
  • You were found acquitted or found not guilty
  • You were a juvenile at the time

Many states have waiting period requirements that say you cannot petition for an expungement until a certain period of time has passed, and others will only expunge a first offense from your record.

Pave The Way To A Brighter Future

Do not let a lapse in judgment or wrong act have a negative impact on your future health and happiness. Instead, contact Orlando R. Rodriguez, Attorney At Law to discuss having your record expunged. Reach out to our Newton, New Jersey, office online or at 973-804-5032 to schedule a free consultation with a seasoned criminal defense attorney.