Consequences of a Criminal Conviction in NJ
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If you plead or are found guilty in NJ to any criminal or
disorderly persons charge either in municipal, superior, or
federal court you will be subject to the following 12 penalties:
1. You will have a criminal record. In New Jersey if you are charged with any
criminal offense or a disorderly person offense you will have a criminal record. A
Criminal record may prevent you from finding employment, seeking financial aid,
buying a house, renting an apartment, or even traveling outside the country.
2. You may go to Jail or Prison. (even for a first offense)
3. You will have to pay Fines and Court Costs.
3. Random Drug and Urine Testing: If you are lucky and get only Probation instead
of jail or in addition to jail, you will have to submit to random drug and urine testing and
pay a fee to the probation department. If you violate Probation such as stay out later
than your allowed, travel outside a designated area, leave the state or country you will
generally go immediately to jail.
4. You may be required to provide a DNA sample: In indictable matters (4th
degree or higher), you must provide a DNA sample, which could be used by law
enforcement for the investigation of criminal activity, and pay for the cost of testing.
5. You must pay restitution if the court finds there is a victim or store who has
suffered a loss.
6. You may lose your job or pension: If you are a public employee of a government
agency, school teacher or an office holder, you can be required to forfeit your job,
pension or office by virtue of your plea of guilty.
7. You may be Deported: If you are not a United States citizen or national, you may
be deported by virtue of your plea of guilty.
8. You must wait 5-10 years to expunge a first offense. 2C:52-3 and even if
expunged certain parties and employers may still see your guilty plea.
9. You can be sued by the victim: In addition to a criminal prosecution you may be
sued by the victims for the cost of defending the case and for any damages with your
conviction used as evidence of wrongdoing.
10. You may be required to do Community Service.
11. Additional penalties may apply: if ordered by the judge, some common orders
include: You are not to shop at a certain stores, you are not to frequent certain areas
such as within 500 feet of a school etc.
12. Increased costs: for homeowners, apartment, life insurance and car insurance for
the rest of your life with many insurance companies refusing to insure you due to the
fact that you are considered a "poor moral hazard." The increased cost in insurance
alone over the next 5 years can in most cases easily pay for the cost of representation
thus, we can save you even more money than what our fee will cost you today.
|H. Scott Aalsberg, Esq., P.C.
New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyers
Main Office: 39 Milltown Road 2nd Floor, East Brunswick, N.J. 08816
1028 Route #23 North, Wayne, N.J. 07470
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