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New Jersey Criminal Record Expungement Removal Services

If you’re living with a criminal record in New Jersey, you probably understand the difficulties in life that having a criminal record can cause.  A criminal record can prevent you from getting the job you deserve, renting desirable housing, obtaining professional licenses, qualifying for government programs and assistance, obtaining student loans, and many other opportunities which would be available without a criminal record.

The New Jersey Judiciary makes criminal records available to the public for free, allowing access to anybody with an internet connection.  Along with hundreds of private background check companies, finding New Jersey criminal records is very easy for employers, landlords, and the general public.  Fortunately, New Jersey State law allows many New Jerseyans to expunge their criminal records, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies. Expunging a New Jersey criminal record has many benefits, some of which include:

  • Being able to legally state that you have not been convicted of a criminal offense to employers and landlords
  • Improving your ability to obtain higher-paying job opportunities
  • Eliminating the concern and potential embarrassment of failing a background check by removing public access to sensitive personal information
  • Becoming eligible for professional licenses you previously did not qualify for
  • Increased eligibility for student loans, housing assistance, and government programs
  • Improving access and admission to college and other educational resources

As of April 18, 2016, new provisions of the law providing for criminal expungements went into effect.  These new provisions expanded the law, allowing more people than ever before to qualify for expungement under the law.   If you are an individual who did not previously qualify under the law, now you may be able to have your record cleared.

If you’re ready to move on in life without a New Jersey criminal record, our law firm is here to help—the first step is simply taking our free, confidential Eligibility Test to see if you qualify to under New Jersey law for an expungement. If you would prefer to speak with one of our Licensed Attorneys or Criminal Records Analysts, please call us toll free at (844) 947-3732.

The process of expunging a criminal record in New Jersey can be very difficult—the petition you must file with the court can be difficult to prepare and can involve the assembly of quite a bit of required documents and information.  Hiring our law firm is the best way to obtain peace of mind that your expungement will be performed correctly the first time. You can trust that you will get exceptional service form our law firm, as we have an A Rating from the Better Business Bureau, and our attorneys are listed as Super Lawyers and rated as Superb Attorneys by prestigious attorney rating services such as Thompson Reuters and Avvo.  Our law firm has attorneys licensed to practice law in all New Jersey state courts, provides low price guarantees, and is here to fight for you and put your criminal record behind you!

New Jersey Expungement Services

New Jersey law allows expungement in a number of situations, which include:

  • Cases which were dismissed or did not result in a conviction
  • Cases where certain diversion programs were successfully completed
  • Convictions of Municipal Offenses, Disorderly Person Violations, or Indictable Offenses
  • Cases where certain substance abuse treatment programs were completed

The rules are not the same for different situations and circumstances, and can be very difficult to understand, which is why we are here to help—the first step in expunging your criminal record is to give us a call at (844) 947-3732, or take our FREE, confidential Eligibility Test.

Expungement of Dismissed Cases in New Jersey

New Jersey has recently changed its laws, and now automatically expunges arrests that did not result in conviction occurring in 2016 or later. However, arrests which occurred prior to 2016 may typically be expunged six months after dismissal.

NJ Expungement Involving Successful Completion of a Diversion Program

In circumstances where pre-trial diversion, conditional dismissal, conditional discharge, or another qualifying diversion program resulted in the dismissal of your charges upon completion, New Jersey State law permits the expungement of all arrest and case records six months after the charges were dismissed.

Expungement of New Jersey Convictions

New Jersey expungement law also permits the expungement of convictions for many crimes if certain requirements are met.  New Jersey categorizes its criminal offenses into three general categories: (1) Municipal Ordinance Violations; (2) Petty Disorderly Person Violations and Disorderly Person Violations (similar to a misdemeanor in other states); and (3) Indictable Offenses (similar to felonies in other states).  Each of these categories of criminal offenses has different requirements, which are set forth in general terms below:

General Requirements for New Jersey Expungements of “Municipal Ordinance Violation” Convictions:

  • You must have no current/pending charges against you;
  • You must have no convictions for Indictable Offenses in New Jersey or felony offenses in another state;
  • You must have 2 or fewer Petty Disorderly Person / Disorderly Person convictions; and
  • At least 2 years must have passed since you completed all terms of your sentence.

General Requirements for Expungements of “Disorderly Person” Convictions:

  • You must have no current/pending charges against you;
  • You must have no convictions for Indictable Offenses in New Jersey or felony offenses in another state;
  • You must have 2 or fewer Petty Disorderly Person / Disorderly Person convictions (including the offense you are seeking to expunge);
  • You may not have had a criminal conviction expunged in New Jersey or any other state; and
  • At least 5 years must have passed since you completed all terms of your sentence, OR at least 3 years has passed since completing all terms of your sentence with no new convictions, and permitting expungement is in the best interest of the public.

General Requirements for Expungements of “Indictable Offense” Convictions:

  • You must have no current/pending charges against you;
  • You must have no convictions for Indictable Offenses in New Jersey or felony offenses in another state;
  • You must have 2 or fewer Petty Disorderly Person / Disorderly Person convictions (including the offense you are seeking to expunge);
  • You may not have had a criminal conviction expunged in New Jersey or any other state; and
  • At least 10 years must have passed since you completed all terms of your sentence, OR at least 5 years has passed since completing all terms of your sentence with no new convictions, and permitting expungement is in the best interest of the public.

Convictions Which May Not Be Expunged in NJ:

  • Criminal homicide (except death by auto as specified in N.J.S.A 2C:11-5)
  • Kidnapping
  • Human trafficking
  • Luring or enticing
  • Sexual assault or aggravated sexual assault
  • Aggravated criminal sexual contact
  • Criminal sexual conduct (if the victim is a minor)
  • Criminal restraint or false imprisonment (if the victim is a minor and the offender is not the parent of the victim)
  • Robbery
  • Arson and related offenses
  • Terrorism
  • Producing or possessing chemical weapons, biological agents, or nuclear or radiological devices
  • Endangering the welfare of a child by engaging in sexual conduct that would impair or debauch the morals of the child or cause the child other harm
  • Photographing or filming a child in prohibited sexual act
  • Causing or permitting a child to engage in a prohibited sexual act
  • Distributing, possessing with the intent to distribute, or using a file-sharing program to store items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child
  • Possessing or viewing items depicting the sexual exploitation or abuse of a child
  • Knowingly promoting the prostitution of the actor’s child
  • Perjury
  • False swearing
  • Conspiracies or attempt to commit such crimes

Certain additional crimes, if committed prior to September 1, 1979, cannot be expunged:

  • Manslaughter
  • Treason
  • Anarchy
  • Rape or forcible sodomy
  • Embracery
  • Conspiracies or attempts to commit any of the foregoing: or aiding, assisting, or concealing persons accused of the foregoing crimes.

 


NJ Expungement of Certain Drug Offenses

In general, cases of conviction for the sale or distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, or possession with intent to sell a controlled dangerous substance are not allowed to be expunged.  However, New Jersey’s expungement rule allows for three very significant exceptions, primarily involving offenses specifically for marijuana.  Expungement of these types of crimes is permitted where the crimes involve:

  • Marijuana, where the total quantity sold, distributed or possessed with intent to sell was 25 grams or less;
  • Hashish, where the total quantity sold, distributed or possessed with intent to sell was five grams or less; or
  • Any controlled dangerous substance provided that the conviction is of the third or fourth degree, where the court finds that the expungement is consistent with the public interest, giving due consideration to the nature of the offense and petitioner’s character and conduct since conviction.

 

This provision of New Jersey’s law allows for a large range of non-violent drug convictions to be expunged.  It is important to take our Free, confidential Eligibility Test in order to determine whether your drug related charge is eligible for expungement.

 

Expungement of Juvenile Record in New Jersey

Juvenile records may be expunged in two ways.  If you were adjudicated a juvenile delinquent, you may expunge your record as if it was and adult record.  So, if you were charged with an indictable offense as a juvenile, you can expunge your record if you meet the requirements for expunging an adult indictable conviction.  The same rules apply to municipal ordinance convictions and disorderly persons conviction.

The second method allows for expungement of one’s entire record of juvenile delinquency.  This method is available if:

  • Five years have elapsed since the final discharge of the person from legal custody or supervision, or five years have elapsed since the entry of any other court order not involving custody or supervision;
  • You have not been convicted of a crime, or a disorderly or petty disorderly persons offense, or in need of supervision, during the five years prior to the filing of your petition, and no proceeding or complaint is pending seeking such a conviction or adjudication;
  • You were never adjudicated a juvenile delinquent for a non-expungeable offense;
  • You have never had an adult conviction expunged; and
  • You never had adult indictable charges dismissed following completion of a supervisory treatment or other diversion program.

New Jersey’s expungement rules can be quite complex, and the process is typically difficult to navigate without an attorney experienced in these matters. Our law firm is happy to help guide you through the process—we strongly encourage you to take our FREE, confidential Eligibility Test or give us a call toll free at (844) 947-3732 to discuss your eligibility and the process of expunging a criminal record in New Jersey.  The entire process takes approximately 7-8 months in New Jersey, so the quicker you contact us, the quicker we can get to work helping you put your past mistakes permanently behind you!

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