What Are New Jersey’s Expungement Laws?

Our legal team recognizes the severity of having a criminal record can have on an individual’s life. The jobs you want, the housing you apply for, and several other goals in life can be restricted by a criminal record. However, certain criminal offenses may be released from your record through a method referred to as expungement. Obtaining an expungement is not a given, and those who are qualified will have to take a complicated, document-heavy process. With that in mind, the payoff is worth the work. Moving forward with a clean slate, free of criminal charges can provide you with the best chance of a prosperous future, unburdened by the limitations posed by a criminal record. If you would like to learn more about your eligibility for expungement in the state of New Jersey, give our skilled Bergen County expungement attorney a call today.

What is an expungement in New Jersey?

In New Jersey, expungement is the process by which all records concerning a criminal conviction will be removed from your record. However, it is important to remember that this does not imply that the case disappears completely. Instead, only a limited number of government agencies will have admission to the information after expungement and only for limited purposes. Furthermore, not every criminal offense can be erased in New Jersey.

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What are New Jersey’s expungement laws?

The state of New Jersey recently revised its expungement laws for 2020. The new laws include the following:

  • If you have received an unrelated conviction before your most recent conviction, you may now have the most current conviction expunged as long as it is suitable for expungement.
  • Many marijuana-related convictions will now be considered disorderly person offenses rather than criminal convictions when it comes to expungement. This will extend the number of marijuana convictions that a person may expunge.
  • You now only have to wait 5 years from the completion of your sentence to request an expungement.
  • “Early pathways” expungements authorize a person to petition for expungement within 4 years of the completion of the sentence.
  • You can now have up to five disorderly person convictions expunged from your record.
  • The “clean slate” expungement will now permit individuals to expunge all expugnable offenses 10 years after their most recent conviction.

If you have questions about the expungement laws in New Jersey, it is in your best interest to reach out to one of our skilled Bergen County criminal defense attorneys today. Our legal team is equipped with the knowledge and experience required to ensure that you and your future are a priority. We are just one call away.

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