Is an arrest record or conviction keeping you from a good job, preventing you from earning more money or causing you embarrassment? If you have a criminal record in New Jersey, we want to help you get it expunged. We have helped expunge or seal more than 22,000 criminal records nationwide.
Many people in New Jersey are eligible to have their criminal record expunged. We are the nation’s leading criminal record clearing law firm. Take the first steps to a better life now by taking our free online evaluation and see if you are eligible to have your case expunged.
In New Jersey, if you were arrested and not convicted, it is possible to have your arrest and case record expunged, thus making it as if you were never arrested for the offense. Since 2016, new arrests that do not lead to convictions are usually expunged automatically by the court. However, if your dismissed charges still appear on your record, or if you completed Pre-Trial Diversion (PTI) or another diversion program, including Conditional Discharge or Conditional Dismissal, and six months have passed since the charges were dismissed, then you could be eligible for an expungement. Once the arrest and case are expunged, the information will no longer be accessible, except in limited circumstances, and it will not show on background checks.
If you were convicted of a crime in New Jersey, you may be eligible to expunge your conviction. Municipal ordinance violations, petty disorderly persons violations and disorderly persons violations are similar to what other states classify as misdemeanor convictions. Indictable offenses are similar to what other states classify as felony convictions. With new legislation going into effect March 2020, New Jersey has added another way to achieve a fresh start. Now there are effectively two paths to expungement: one in which you or an attorney file for relief if you meet certain restrictions and satisfy a requisite waiting period; and clean slate expungement which will allow those who satisfy a waiting period to expunge any number of offenses, with restrictions only on the nature of certain offenses that may be expunged. The latter system will initially be available for those to file with an attorney or on their own, but will eventually be automatic.
In introducing clean slate expungement, New Jersey still retains the “traditional” expungement path that has been in place for a number of years. If you qualify under this form of expungement, you will be able to achieve relief much sooner than waiting for clean slate eligibility to be satisfied.
In order to expunge a municipal ordinance violation the following requirements must be met:
The following requirements must be met in order to expunge a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons violation for an individual with no indictable offense convictions:
In order to expunge an indictable offense conviction the following requirements must be met:
Certain crimes are not eligible to be expunged (generally these include sex crimes, murder, manslaughter, arson, crimes against children, robbery, sale of hard drugs, and other crimes). Also, motor vehicle offenses in New Jersey, including DUIs, are not eligible for expungement.
Clean slate expungement was developed to provide the opportunity at a fresh start for those would be applicants who have more than one indictable offense conviction or more than the allowable number of disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons convictions. Beginning in March of 2020, individuals who have spent 10 years since their last conviction without any other criminal offenses may petition the court for a clean slate. Certain crimes remain ineligible to be expunged. The key difference with clean slate versus the traditional route, is the state will develop an automated program and once this program is in place, individuals will no longer be able to petition for clean slate on their own.
In March 2020, New Jersey will alter how marijuana related convictions will be assessed for expungement eligibility. Possession with the intent to distribute marijuana or hashish, or a conviction for actual distribution of the aforementioned substances, will be evaluated for eligibility as disorderly persons offenses. Convictions for possession or use of marijuana or hashish will not be considered convictions for the purposes of expungement eligibility. Eligibility limits for the number of qualified marijuana convictions that can be expunged will not apply. Additionally, the court will proceed to seal or issue orders of non-disclosure for qualified marijuana related offenses automatically.
In early 2016, the passage of P.L. 2015, c.261, authorizes the Court to order the expungement of records related to the completion of a special probation under N.J.S.A.2C35-14, N.J.S.A.2C:35-14.2, or N.J.S.A.2C45-1, upon a person's successful discharge. If you completed a special probation which included a substance abuse treatment program, you may be eligible to have your record expunged.
If you were convicted of an offense under chapter 35 (controlled dangerous substances) or chapter 36 (drug paraphernalia) for the possession or use of a controlled dangerous substance, convicted of violating 2A:170-77.5 (sale or distribution without a prescription), or convicted of violating 2A:170-77.8 (unlawful use, sale, and possession of legend drugs or stramonium) you may be eligible to have your record expunged.
Expungement means that the arrest, conviction, and any proceeding related is deemed to have not occurred except in limited circumstances. Once the arrest and case are expunged then the information will no longer appear, except in limited circumstances, and will not show on background checks.
We start the same day you sign up. We have a lot of experience handling New Jersey expungement cases, and we know how to get your case expunged as fast as possible. The time it takes varies by court, but the typical case in New Jersey takes between seven to eight months. The courts operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so the sooner you start, the sooner your record is cleared. In most cases, you will not have to physically appear in court. We will handle all the work, and you can sit back and track the progress of your case online.
Our flat fee includes all costs. We will conduct the research, file the necessary motions, respond to written or oral opposition from the prosecutor's office and send one of our attorneys to court to argue the case in front of the judge.
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Please note, Courts and/or District Attorneys typically require that all eligible offenses be expunged at one time. Therefore, there is an additional fee for each additional eligible case you may have. It is $200 for each additional disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons conviction and $100 for each arrest offense without conviction.
The price is $1400 for expungement of an indictable offense (felony) conviction for which 5 years have not passed since completion, expungement of disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons (misdemeanor) offense for which 5 years has not passed since completion, and expungement of controlled dangerous substance/drug distribution offenses.
In some instances a report from the Federal Bureau of Investigation report may need to be obtained. This may require you to be fingerprinted and you may need to pay an additional approximate amount of $25.
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