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New Expungement Opportunities in New Jersey

December 28, 2017

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  • As of October, 2018, the State of New Jersey has put into effect a number of changes to their expungement laws. Signed into law at the end of last year by Governor Chris Christie, the new law allows many more people to request that their record be expunged. Currently, New Jersey courts process about 10,000 expungement applications every year. This new law will likely increase that number by a few more thousand.

    There are a number of changes to the law, but the most notable are that an individual may now expunge a greater number of offenses, and the waiting periods have significantly been decreased. These are important changes that should directly benefit those people who would like to put their mistakes in the past, and improve their future. For a felony-level offense, the waiting period was reduced from 10 years to 6 years. Furthermore, applicants may also ask a court to expunge up to 4 convictions.

    Related content: Expunging Convictions in New Jersey

    Many people in America understand how difficult it can be to have a criminal record. Expungement provides an opportunity to erase that record, and to confidently apply for jobs, housing, licenses, etc. A NJ expungement could also restore firearm rights, as the offense would not need to be divulged when applying for a state gun permit. If you have a criminal record in New Jersey, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to expunge that record. The process can be complicated to those unfamiliar with the law. Your best option is to hire an attorney that is experienced in such matters, to handle your case and obtain your expungement.

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