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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 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 anybody with an internet connection to access them. Along with hundreds of private background check companies, finding New Jersey criminal records is very easy task for employers, landlords, and the general public.  Fortunately, New Jersey State law allows many individuals to expunge their criminal records, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies.

How to Remove Your New Jersey Record

The expungement process in New Jersey can be difficult without the assistance of experienced attorneys. You must file a petition, serve various state agencies, and in some cases, prepare for a court hearing. Our law firm offers the following legal services in New Jersey:

  • New Jersey Expungement: New Jersey State law allows for expungement of criminal records for arrests, misdemeanor convictions, and a select number of felony convictions. The expungement fully seals the arrest and conviction records held by state and local criminal record databases, making them inaccessible to potential employers, landlords, the general public, and most government agencies.

Why You Should Hire WipeRecord

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.   If you did not previously qualify under the law, now you may be able to have your record cleared. If you want to expunge your New Jersey criminal record, contact our law firm.

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

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 for an expungement under New Jersey law. 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 required court petition can be tough to prepare and can involve the assembly of quite a bit of 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 Criminal Record Removal Services

New Jersey law allows for expungement in a number of situations, including:

  • 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

Expungement of New Jersey Dismissed Cases

New Jersey has recently changed its laws, and now automatically expunges arrests that did not result in conviction occurring in 2016 or later. Those arrests which occurred prior to 2016 may be expunged any time after the dismissal of charges.  These types of records typically can be expunged by a court without a hearing on the matter.

Expungement After Successful Completion of a New Jersey Diversion Program

If your charges were dismissed pursuant to a program of supervisory treatment (such as PTI), conditional discharge, or conditional dismissal, you will still have an arrest record that can be expunged like any other.  New Jersey State law permits the expungement of these records once six months have passed since the order of dismissal.

Note: If you have been granted a dismissal of indictable charges following completion of a supervisory treatment or other diversion program, such as PTI, you will not be eligible to expunge any indictable, disorderly persons, or petty disorderly persons convictions.

Expungement of New Jersey Convictions

New Jersey law 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:

Expungement 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.

 

Expungement of “Disorderly Person” Convictions

  • You must have no current/pending charges against you;
  • You must have 3 or fewer Petty Disorderly Person / Disorderly Person convictions (including the offense you are seeking to expunge);
  • You must have 2 or fewer Petty Disorderly Person / Disorderly Person convictions ifyou also have an Indictable Offense conviction
  • You must never have been granted an expungement of an Indictable Offense in NJ or in 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 the expungement is in the best interest of the public.

Expungement of “Indictable Offense” Convictions

  • You must have no current/pending charges against you;
  • You must have no other 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;
  • You must never have been granted an expungement of an Indictable Offense in NJ or in 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.

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 for offenses involving marijuana.  Expungement of these types of crimes is permitted where they 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 broad 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 sooner you contact us, the sooner we can get to work helping you put your past mistakes permanently behind you!

 

New Jersey Frequently Asked Questions

Do I qualify for an expungement in New Jersey?

The easiest way to find out is by taking our confidential, free Eligibility Test. Or, you can give us a call toll free at 844-947-3732 to speak with a criminal records analyst to go over your case.

How much do I pay for the services?

New Jersey criminal record removal services start at a price of $1,050 for legal fees. We offer payment plans based on the client’s needs, and a refund policy when circumstances apply.

What do I do to get started?

If you are reading this – you have already started the right course of action! Contact us so that our experts can start handling your expungement/restricted access right away.

How long do I have to wait for the petition to be granted?

The most frequently question we hear from clients is – how long do I have to wait? We understand the importance of working efficiently so we try our best to move things forward. However, an expungement usually takes several months to obtain, depending on the particular county, and sometimes the particular court.

Am I required to go to court?

Typically, clients do not have to show up in court for us to do our job. Under rare circumstances where you are required to attend a hearing, we will be there every step of the way and make sure you have nothing to worry about.

How do I learn about my case status once I hire WipeRecord?

We strive to make our clients informed and assured of any progress in their case. Clients get a monthly update of their case from our paralegals, and one can always contact us by either phone or email for an update. Our law firm is currently finishing up a custom client portal, where clients can obtain information about their case online by simply logging in.

How long does it take? The timeframe for a NJ expungement differs by court and county, depending on how busy they are and the difficulty of the case. The process can take around 3-5 months if no hearing is required. If a hearing is required, the process can take around 6-8 months to complete.

Why do you charge $1,050 when I could do it myself for less? Some people attempt to expunge their NJ record “pro se,” or without the assistance of an attorney. However, petitions are regularly denied for having just a single mistake. Furthermore, if you expunge one offense, and forget others, you may not have another chance under NJ law. The filing fee alone is $75.00, and hiring a firm to expunge your record means that from start to finish, an attorney will be working hard to accomplish your desired result. If a hearing is required, WipeRecord has an attorney present to argue your case. Expungements are often a more complex process than many people think, and the laws are constantly being amended and changed.

Your website has a money-back guarantee. How much would I get back if you are not able to be successful in court? Our “Money Back Guarantee” applies to certain cases where we are unable to successfully obtain the expungement, record sealing, conviction set-aside, or other criminal record related service. It is not a guarantee of any specific outcome. Rather, we may return all or part of the legal fees paid if for some reason your case is ineligible or unable to be completed. The research fee is generally non-refundable and is retained for legal services rendered. We will not refund legal fees where the outcome of the case is discretionary, or if your contract is voluntarily terminated.

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  • Get the job you want and make more money
  • Travel internationally without worrying
  • Reduce the cost of loans and insurance
  • Quit worrying about what people will find in a background check
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  • Put your past mistakes behind you

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