Expungement Attorney in Atlantic County

Lawmakers in New Jersey have been working to make it easier for those with a past criminal record obtain a clean slate. In 2017, revisions were made to simplify the expungement process. Many people who have made mistakes in the past find it difficult to obtain employment due to their criminal record. These changes included reducing required waiting periods for expunging juvenile records and much more.

Laws for Expungement in New Jersey (2C:52-1)

Individuals are sometimes subject to a background check or screening from employers, occupational licensing agencies, landlords, etc.  Expungement allows for the “extraction and isolation” of information from criminal justice agencies relating to prior arrests. In New Jersey, eligibility for expungement is largely based on the nature of the offense(s) and the amount of time that has elapsed without other criminal convictions.

Grading of Offenses

Offense Level

Incarceration Period

Maximum Fine

First Degree

10 to 20 years

Up to $200,000

Second Degree

5 to 10 years

Up to $150,000

Third Degree

3 to 5 years

Up to $15,000

Fourth Degree

18 months

Up to $10,000

Disorderly Person Offense

6 months

Up to $1,000

Petty Disorderly Person Offense

30 days

Up to $500

Municipal Ordinance Violations

90 days

Up to $2,000

Offenses Not Eligible for Expungement

Certain serious offenses may not be expunged. These include criminal homicide, kidnapping, human trafficking, sexual assault, arson, and others. The complete list is available here.

Eligibility Requirements

Indictable offenses are typically eligible for expungement after 10 years have passed and all fines and other requirements are satisfied. This applies when there have been no subsequent offenses and no more than two disorderly or petty disorderly person offenses. Courts may allow an exception for those with a balance of unpaid fines if the offender has complied with a payment arrangement or endured some “compelling circumstances.”

The courts may allow expungements when only five years have passed if there have been no subsequent offenses of any level. Drug offenses involving sales or possession with intent to sell are not typically able to be expunged. An exception exists when the offense involved 25 grams or less of marijuana or five grams or less of hashish.

Disorderly or petty disorderly person offenses are typically eligible for expungement after five years have passed. This applies when there have been no subsequent indictable offenses and no more than three disorderly or petty disorderly person offenses. Municipal ordinance offenses may be expunged after two years have passed. To qualify, the individual must not have had more than two disorderly person or petty disorderly person offenses.

Retaining Legal Assistance

Those who wish to pursue expunging their criminal record should retain the services of an experienced attorney. Your attorney will be able to determine your eligibility according to New Jersey law and help you to move forward.

Attorney for Expungement of Criminal Records in New Jersey

Are you seeking to have records of a past criminal conviction removed? The Lento Law Firm has an excellent understanding of how to efficiently complete this process. For a free initial consultation, contact the office at (888) 535-3686 today.

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