Expungement Attorneys in New Jersey
Expungement in New Jersey
New Jersey does not distinguish between expungement and record sealing. In both cases, your criminal record is ordered by the court to prohibit public viewing. Expunged information is state databases and the New Jersey State Police notifies the FBI to adjust their records reflecting your expungement. As like other states, having your expunged, or sealed, allows you to legally answer “no” to questions regarding arrest or conviction of a crime. However, if you are applying for a law enforcement position or for a license to practice law you must still disclose your criminal record.
New Jersey does not allow for expungement felony convictions related to most sex crimes, murder, manslaughter, arson, certain drug crimes, and crimes against children.
Other than above to be eligible for expungement you must meet these requirements:
- At least ten (10) years have passed since completion of all terms of your sentence;
- You have no pending charges;
- You have no other convictions in New Jersey or any other state;
- You have less than three (3) disorderly or petty disorderly violations;
- You were not previously granted a dismissal of charges through pretrial intervention;
- You have not had a previous expungement.
New Jersey does not allow for expungement of motor vehicle offenses, including driving while intoxicated convictions.
For misdemeanor convictions in New Jersey the waiting period is only two (2) years after all conditions of your sentence have been completed.
New Jersey also allows you to petition for expungement on one (1) record for which you were adjudicated delinquent, or to expunge your entire juvenile record after five (5) years has passed if you do not have any other criminal record.