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I had a 1996 arrest for shoplifting in New Jersey, I gave a

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I had a 1996 arrest for shoplifting in New Jersey, I gave a false name to the police. I hired a lawyer and went to court, the shop did not go to the court and the case was dismissed but was given a fine for lying about the name of $ 1,000. My question is: i want to apply for a financial adviser license, but They request a background check And They Said That They do not approve any One with criminal record. what I can do? :C
Hi Jacustomer,

Giving a false name to the police department can be serious or just a disorderly person's offense, but it looks to me as if your offense was a disorderly person's offense, because that's what your shoplifting matter probably was.

If that's so, you should be able by now to get your 1996 conviction for the false name expunged. If you can do that, then you can clean your record of your present offense. Once a matter is expunged you're entitled to say that you've never been convicted of a crime.

An expungement would require waiting 5 years, which you've certainly done and then petitioning Superior Court. If you have no other offenses since the case you want to expunge, you should be eligible.

You should have a lawyer, and there are those who specialze in pardons, expungements and restoration of rights. You can check with the New Jersey State Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service. They charge somewhere around $50 for the referral which includes a half hour free consultation with the lawyer.

Good luck
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