Saturday, April 21, 2012

New Jersey Criminal History Record Checks

For New Jersey Criminal History Record Checks, you have to go to be fingerprinted by a state agency and you have to provide your home address for delivery of the record check results, so you effectively have to turn yourself in to the police before you know what's on your criminal record report.  The New Jersey State Police website explains that:
Individual Criminal Background Checks
The Division of State Police, Criminal Information Unit (CIU) provides criminal history record background checks to any individual requesting a copy of his/her own record. A personal record request is typically for the purpose of:
Here is a link to the PDF form on which members of the public apply for individual records on themselves.

A lot of people (though not you, probably, because you're special) have forgotten many of their arrests, particularly if they got into a lot of trouble as young people or if they used drugs and alcohol and whole periods of their life are a blank to them, including the recent past.  They don't remember when they got arrested, whether they went to court, whether they had representation and what the result of an interaction with the police was. 

That's why I always did FBI criminal history checks on immigration clients before I filed any immigration applications on their behalf.  If they had a criminal history, then I might be effectively requesting that they be deported by filing a form on behalf of someone who had a deportable offense on their record.

The above is not legal advice or representation.  If you want proof of your criminal history or lack thereof, then get yourself a lawyer so that you don't accidentally end up in jail or deported ("removed").

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