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New Jersey Expungements in a Nutshell
Expungement of criminal records in New Jersey provides an opportunity for you to remove from your criminal history a disorderly persons or other indictable offense.
If you are seeking an expungement for an indictable offense, there is a 10 year waiting period.
If you are seeking an expungement for a disorderly persons or petty disorderly persons offense, there is a 5 year waiting period.
For violation of a Municipal Ordinance, there is a 2 year waiting period.
If you completed a Pre-Trial Intervention and/or Conditional Discharge program, you may be eligible to file a Petition for Expungement after a mandatory 6 month waiting period. An important note about the mandatory waiting period is that it begins at the time of discharge and/or full payment of all fines, not from when the offense was committed.
A recent enactment has reduced the waiting period for expungement of certain indictable offenses from ten years to five years after the date of conviction, payment of fine, completion of probation or parole, or release from incarceration. See: N.J.S.A. 2C:52-2a(2).
Following a successful expungement, your criminal history will not show any record of the previous charges that were expunged. In addition, you may say that you were never arrested or convicted of a crime if you are ever asked, such as in a job application or a rental application. You will still need to disclose it in certain situations, such as applying for a job in law enforcement, the legal field, or a government agency.
Important: A Petition for Expungement may only be filed once in your life. The underlying conviction will always remain valid as a prior conviction for sentencing enhancements.
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Other Free Legal Resources in New Jersey
New Jersey Institute for Social Justice is a research and advocacy organization dedicated to the advancement of New Jersey’s residents and urban areas.
Volunteer Lawyers for Justice seeks to improve the lives of economically-disadvantaged adults, children, and families in New Jersey by empowering them with tools, advice and pro bono representation with the goal of securing fair and equal treatment within the legal system.
Project Self-Sufficiency of Sussex County is a non-profit agency which helps low-income families in the New Jersey counties of Sussex, Warren and Hunterdon to achieve economic self-sufficiency and family stability.
NORWESCAP (Northwest New Jersey Community Action Partnership) is a private, non-profit corporation originally established in 1965 to serve the low-income population of Hunterdon, Sussex and Warren Counties. Its mission is to improve the lives of low income individuals and families in need in Northwest New Jersey.
Criminal History Review
The New Jersey Department of Education Criminal History Review Unit conducts criminal background checks of applicants for positions in New Jersey’s public, private/handicapped, charter, nonpublic schools and authorized school bus contractors.
New Jersey Expungement Statutes
General Expungement Statute for Indictable Offenses
Expungement of disorderly persons offenses and petty disorderly persons offenses
Expungement of Municipal Ordinance Violations
Expungement of juvenile adjudications and charges
Expungement of records of young drug offenders
Expungement of arrests not resulting in conviction
Required contents of petition for expungement
Statements to accompany petition for expungement
Order fixing time for hearing on petition for expungement
Service of petition for expungement and documents
Order for expungement where no objection prior to hearing
Denial of relief although no objection entered
When hearing on petition for expungement shall not be held
Grounds for denial of relief
Records to be removed; control
Expunged record including names of persons other than petitioner
Use of expunged records by agencies on pending petition for expungement
Supplying information to violent crimes compensation board
Order of superior court permitting inspection of records or release of information; limitations
Use of expunged records in conjunction with supervisory treatment or diversion programs
Use of expunged records in conjunction with setting bail, presentence report or sentencing
Use of expunged records by parole board
Use of expunged records by department of corrections
County prosecutor’s obligation to ascertain propriety of petition
Vacating of orders of sealing; time; basis
Effect of expungement
Petition to rescind order of debarment for health care claims fraud; restoration
Motor vehicle offenses
Disclosure of expungement order
Senate Bill 2387 (2006)
Establishes certificate of rehabilitation for certain persons with criminal records